Trachea transplants. Medical and ethical assessment of Paolo Macchiarini’s experiments

An interesting article was published recently in “The American Journal of Bioethics” (read HERE), that gives a brief history of the controversial trachea transplants performed by Paolo Macchiarini and his co-workers (see HERE) our previous news about the case)....

With the aim to find a new sources of organs for transplantation, Japan approves the first human-animal embryo experiments. Positive and negative apects

Scientist Hiromitsu Nakauchi is the first researcher in Japan to receive permission from the government to create animal embryos that contain human cells human-animal chimeras and transplant them into surrogate animals for gestation, as explained in an article in the journal...

The discovery of the restoration of brain circulation hours post-mortem could change current paradigms of death criteria

A recent article published in Nature (volume 568, pages336–343 (2019) appears to have a great impact on the current criteria of death that could even affect protocols of organ donation (read our article Organ donation for transplantation in children with cardiac arrest). To test...

World’s first kidney transplant from a living donor with HIV

See Video below Surgeons in Baltimore have performed what’s thought to be the world’s first kidney transplant from a living donor with HIV, a milestone for patients with the AIDS virus who need a new organ. If other donors with HIV come forward, it could free up space on the...

China breached international criminal law. Organs are harvested from political prisoners

China abuses in this and other fields have been published by our Observatory (for example frauduent trials scandal). On the other hand obtaining organs for transplantation from political prisoners has been fundamental to maintain donor organ levels in China for a substantial...

A promising step to fertility preservation of childhood cancer survivors by immature testicular tissue grafting

Also, hundreds of patients whose fertility is at risk following toxic therapies would be beneficiated Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can wipe out sperm production, so men who want to one day have children sometimes freeze some before they undergo treatment. Boys who haven’t...

Leading doctors in reproductive medicine and transgender clinics open the door to trans women to get womb transplant

Ben Jones, a surgeon at Imperial and member of the Womb Transplant UK organisation is planning the first operations this year Dr Richard Paulson former president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, said, in an interview in “The Mirror”, he could think...

Important move towards clinical use of pig donor hearts in human patients. New technique allows pig hearts transplanted in monkeys survive for more than six months

One of the major problems in heart transplantation in humans is the shortage of organs to satisfy current clinical demand. Although the use of genetically modified pig hearts has been proposed as a potential solution, and preclinical tests have been carried out in baboon models,...

A human heart left on a commercial airliner provides a glimpse into the nation’s transplant system. The obscure network of nonprofit organizations is questioned

With organ trafficking on the rise and nonprofit institutions implicated, a recent news article published by The Washington Post (see HERE) reveals the obscure and uncontrolled U.S. network of these organizations that collect and transport human organs and tissue. The heart...

Is the success of organ transplantation “Spanish model” due to the current law of organ donation presumed consent?

A British Medical Journal (BMJ) article titled Will an opt-out organ transplant law save lives? referred to the English legal initiatives explains in few words the state of the art in Spain (read the entire article HERE). The authors affirmed, Spain is often cited as having the...