Chimeras and human dignity
de Melo-Martin, Immaculada
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 2008 December; 18(4): 331-346
Discussions about whether new biomedical technologies threaten or violate human dignity are now common. Indeed, appeals to human dignity have played a central role in national and international debates about whether to allow particular kinds of biomedical investigations. The focus of this paper is on chimera research. I argue here that both those who claim that particular types of human-nonhuman chimera research threaten human dignity and those who argue that such threat does not exist fail to make their case. I first introduce some of the arguments that have been offered supporting the claim that the creation of certain sorts of chimeras threatens or violates human dignity. I next present opponents' assessments of such arguments. Finally I critically analyze both the critics' and the supporters' claims about whether chimera research threatens human dignity.
Biomedical Technologies; Chimeras; Human Dignity; Research; Value / Quality of Life; Genetics, Molecular Biology and Microbiology; Human Experimentation; Stem Cell Research; Artificial and Transplanted Organs or Tissues; International and Political Dimensions of Biology and Medicine; Animal Welfare; Research on Embryos and Fetuses;
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