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Price of precaution of human-pig chimeras for transplantation purposes

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  • i For instance, due to the challenge of possible PERV transmission and PERV activation that could cause deadly human pandemics, which is still daunting in spite of recent attempts at overcoming it using gene editing techniques.6–8 In my own humble opinion, this uncertainty is still the most morally pressing with regard to xenotransplantation, much more pressing that the eventuality of off-target cognitive enhancement of human-pig chimaeric individuals.

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