Human-Animal Chimeras: The Moral Insignificance of Uniquely Human Capacities
Julian J Koplin
The Hastings Center Report | WILEY | Published : 2019
Human-animal chimeras-creatures composed of a mix of animal and human cells-have come to play an important role in biomedical research, and they raise ethical questions. This article focuses on one particularly difficult set of questions-those related to the moral status of human-animal chimeras with brains that are partly or wholly composed of human cells. Given the uncertain effects of human-animal chimera research on chimeric animals' cognition, it would be prudent to ensure we do not overlook or underestimate their moral status. However, to assess moral status, we first need to determine what kinds of capacities are morally relevant. The standard view holds that it matters, morally, if c..View full abstract
Through my involvement with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, I received funding from the Victorian State Government via the Operational Infrastructure Support Program.