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Xenotransplantation

Legal Issues

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There are some legal issues that need to be considered when it comes to xenotransplantation. One of these issues is known as informed consent. A participant of clinical trials must agree to many restrictions that apply to everyday life. Countries around the world are creating guidelines that must be followed by patients. These guidelines include:

- resticting travelling activities

- never having children

- having to name every past sexual partner

- never donating blood

- agreeing to life-long monitoring

- agree to a manditory autopsy after death



There would have to be new public safety laws to implement the required monitoring. Some people beleive that there would not be able to have the manditory monitoring as it opposes the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. There is a risk of the spread of viruses after xenotransplantation surgery, and the patient must be under surveillance at all times.