The Ethical Implications of Harvesting Human Organs from Pigs
This post was written as part of a class assignment from students who took a neuroethics course with Dr. Rommelfanger in Paris in Summer 2016.
|The mythical chimera, courtesy of Flickr user Eric Parker
One of the concerns that arises when dealing with interspecies embryos is determining their value. These embryos contain both pig and human DNA; as such, at what point do we determine whether such an organism “counts more” as an animal or a human? As professor Stuart Newman states, “you’re getting into unsettling ground that I think is damaging to our sense of humanity” ; furthermore, bioethicist Jason Robert states that “one of the concerns that a lot of people have is that there’s something sacrosanct about what it means to be human expressed in our DNA” . For individuals who believe that human nature and our humanity lies in the sequencing of our genes, the idea of having animals containing human DNA may result in them questioning their “personhood”. Are they less of a person or are the animals now more like a person? As stated by Regalado, “the worry is that the animals might turn out to be a little too human for comfort” .
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Medina, Anayelly. (2016). The Ethical Implications of Harvesting Human Organs from Pigs. The Neuroethics Blog. Retrieved on , from http://www.theneuroethicsblog.com/2016/08/the-ethical-implications-of-harvesting.html