Cross species transplantation xenotransplantation offers the prospect of an unlimited supply of organs and cells for clinical transplantation thus resolving the critical shortage of human tissues that currently prohibits a majority of patients on the waiting list from receiving transplants. The success of transplantation in the treatment of human disease has increased the demand for organs and tissues far beyond the available supply xenotransplantation the use of animals as donors is viewed increasingly as the solution to this problem. Xenotransplantation defined as the interspecies transplantation of living cells tissues and organs or ex vivo interspecies exchange between living cells tissues and organs is a frequently mentioned alternative to the organ shortage problem. Xenotransplantation the transplant of organs or tissues between species has become a major issue within the past ten years biotech companies are developing genetically engineered humanized pigs to meet the demand for spare body parts in the industrialized world
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