Xenograft risks: What you and your patients need to know

Michael E. Trice, MD

Cross-species tissue transplantation presents distinct challenges

Attempts at xenograft transplantation (the transmission of living organs, tissues, or cells from one species to another) were first performed in the early twentieth century. Today, the relative shortage of human organs and tissue available for transplantation has amplified interest in xenografts as alternatives to human-tissue transplants.

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