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The Plague Monkeys?

Mary P. Remington mremingt at UMABNET.AB.UMD.EDU
Fri Jul 28 05:29:43 EST 1995

One of the PIs from our facility went to the FDA meeting.  The board 
itself was made up of transplatation physicians.  How's that for an 
unweighted review board.  The general consensus of the review board and 
invited scientists from other fields (ie virologists, etc.) was to go 
ahead with the transplantation.  The final word however is not yet in on 
whether on not the transplantation will take place.  From what I heard 
the issue was thoroughly discussed and many issues raised from the 
possibility of new plague to if the transplantation doesn't take place in 
this country the surgeons will do it in another country.  Again, general 
consensus was that things could be better monitored here than in another 
     Also present at the meeting was the AIDS patient and family.  They 
were very supportive of the procedure for obvious reasons and wanted the 
transplantation to proceed as soon as possible.  The sad thing is that 
the likely hood that this protocol will work is very low.  I'm not sure 
that the patient or family is really in touch with this.  There seemed to 
be little doubt on the part of our PI that this proceedure will be 
performed and once the decision to go ahead is given,  the 
transplantation will take place very soon thereafter.  
     There is also a report in this weeks Nature regarding the FDA meeting.
The entire issue of xenographs is a little scary but, would make great 
material for a sci-fi book.  
     Well this is one persons perception of the meeting.  Is there anyone 
out there who actually attended the meeting that would like to share 
their first hand reactions and perceptions?  Xenographs is in need of 
wide discussion.   Regards, Mary

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