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Norway upholds xenotransplantation ban:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The Norwegian government has decided to extend an existing ban on xenotransplantation until 2005. Health minister Dagfinn Hcentybraten last week said that more time was needed to examine a draft proposal for a law on xenotransplantation put forward by a specially-appointed committee in June 2001. The initial ban was imposed in 1999, to last until 2003. It was intended as a measure to offer the government time to assess risks connected with the procedure, with emphasis on transferable diseases. "At the same time [as extending the ban], the ministry of health will intensify its efforts to increase access to human transplant organs," said Mr Hcentybraten.

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