Chimeras

Chimeras - Miller 1 Brad Miller Professor Olmstead LAIS 100...

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Miller 1 Brad Miller Professor Olmstead LAIS 100 Sec B2 Bioethics Ethical Analysis Response 4 October 2007 The Ethics of Creating Chimeras Chimeras are the result of the genetic combination of humans and animals in the embryonic stage. The appeal of chimeras is that we would be able to combine two creatures that could not naturally mate and reproduce into one hybrid creature, the chimera. The appeal of this process lies in two separate areas: scientists would be able to create humans that are genetically enhanced with the characteristics of animals, giving them beyond-human physical capabilities. The other appeal is that chimeras could produce human organs that could be transplanted into humans without the risk of rejection. The idea of creating chimeras, however, introduces incredible conflict, both moral and legal. Legally, humans cannot be patented because that patent would make the patented humans the property of the patent-holder. This is in conflict with the 13 th Amendment, which prohibited one human’s ownership over another. There are many moral conflicts associated with the issue of chimeras, including the ethics of “playing God” and modifying unknowing humans without their consent. It is grossly immoral to create chimeras. Just by obtaining a patent to create
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This lab report was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course LAIS 100 taught by Professor Studholme during the Fall '08 term at Mines.

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Chimeras - Miller 1 Brad Miller Professor Olmstead LAIS 100...

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