The ethics of creating chimeras and other admixed organisms

Jones, David Albert (2012) The ethics of creating chimeras and other admixed organisms. Ethics & Medicine, 28 (3). pp. 81-93. ISSN 0266-688X

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Abstract

This paper examines examples of chimeras and other 'admixed organisms,' primarily in the context of biomedical research, and considers the distinctions that are needed in order to gain a clearer scientific, legal, and ethical understanding of what is a complex area. The creation of admixed organisms is proposed for a variety of reasons and raises a range of different ethical, legislative, and regulatory problems. This paper seeks to identify the diversity of issues that are at stake in relation to creating admixed creatures, from pragmatic concerns about safety to fundamental questions of human nature. The key challenge raised in the present paper is to acknowledge this range of concerns and to integrate the different ethical aspects into a coherent vision.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chimeras (Organisms); Analysis; Medical ethics; Ethical aspects
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 174 Occupational ethics
School/Department: School of Education, Theology and Leadership
Depositing User: Catherine O'Sullivan
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 16:03
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2013 16:03
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/609

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