Animal-to-human transplant trials OK’d in Australia

CBC News

Australia announced Thursday it will lift a 5-year ban on clinical trials of animal-to-human transplantation, after the government’s top health body determined the risk of transmitting animal viruses to people was low.

The decision by the National Health and Medical Research Council means Australia will join a slew of other countries — including the United States and New Zealand — who have conducted trials of xenotransplantation, the transfer of living cells, tissues or organs from one species to another.

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