Following a report in Science, DLRM warns of the danger
of relying on a small scale study financed by the xenotransplant
"...no evidence of risk was not the same as evidence
of no risk..." Prof. Robin Weiss, UCL).
Several patients showed antibodies to PERV viruses - clear
evidence that transmission did indeed occur and those patients
created protective antibodies.
DLRM warns against hasty and unwarranted relaxation of
vigilance. It only takes one virus to be transmitted to cause
an epidemic. There is no way of detecting UNKNOWN viruses.
Pig viruses recently caused the NIPAH encephalitis outbreak
in Malaysia where over 120 of the 250 people infected died.
1M pigs and 1000s of other animals were slaughtered to contain
Common sense must triumph over commercial gains. Xenotransplant
research, in our professional opinion, is far too hazardous
to be allowed to continue.