UKXIRAUnited Kingdom Xenotransplantation Interim Regulatory Authority
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Freeman heart transplant surgeon Professor John Dark, a member of the UKXIRA said: "I think it is fair to say we are pessimistic about this area of research.
UKXIRA's draft document regarding xenotransplant recipient surveillance has recently attracted media attention as it contains the proposal that women xenotransplant recipients must agree not to bear children.
According to the pressure group Xenotransplantation Concern, the risks of xenotransplantation will always be unacceptable because of "the unpredictable nature of micro-organisms, such as viruses, and the huge gaps in knowledge which exist and probably always will exist." UKXIRA's decision to allow these experiments, the group maintains, "leaves the British public vulnerable to new infectious diseases."