Chimera's Children: Ethical, Philosophical and Religious Perspectives on Human-Nonhuman Experimentation [NOOK Book]

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The idea of human-nonhuman combinations has been a recurrent theme throughout the history of humanity. From the myths of the Minotaur and the centaurs in ancient Greece to the dogheads of the Middle Ages right through to the monsters of modern science fiction, these beings have always been a source of fascination. In recent years, however, biomedical advances have demonstrated the potential to make these entities a reality through the creation ...
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Chimera's Children: Ethical, Philosophical and Religious Perspectives on Human-Nonhuman Experimentation

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Overview

The idea of human-nonhuman combinations has been a recurrent theme throughout the history of humanity. From the myths of the Minotaur and the centaurs in ancient Greece to the dogheads of the Middle Ages right through to the monsters of modern science fiction, these beings have always been a source of fascination. In recent years, however, biomedical advances have demonstrated the potential to make these entities a reality through the creation of inter-species combinations. As a result, pressing and perplexing ethical questions arise.

Introducing the reader to the historical context of human-nonhuman experimentation and potential future developments, this volume offers clarification, analysis and a thorough overview of the ethical challenges relating to human-nonhuman chimeras, true hybrids, cybrids and other combinations.
This book is the first accessible survey of the different ethical dilemmas facing contemporary society in the creation of human-nonhuman embryonic, foetal and postnatal entities. These include important cultural, legal, philosophical and religious perspectives. As such it will act as a springboard for future debate.
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"This book is a valuable source of information for the scientist, ethicist, or politician, as well as for the layperson wanting a guide through the legal and moral maze in the field of human-nonhuman interspecies experimentation. Moreover, the science involved is explained in simple terms for those who know little but want to know more about what is going on in this area of research." – Agneta Sutton, PhD, Heythrop College in the University of London, UK, Ethics and Medicine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441125385
  • Publisher: BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING
  • Publication date: 11/2/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • File size: 638 KB

Meet the Author

David Albert Jones is Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, and Visiting Professor of Bioethics at St Mary's University College, London, UK.

David Albert Jones is Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, and Visiting Professor of Bioethics at St Mary's University College, London, UK.

Calum MacKellar is Director of Research with the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, Edinburgh, UK.

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Table of Contents

Preface \ Part I: Background, Definitions and Current Legislation \ Introduction \ 1. Historical Background \ 2. National and International Legislation \ Part II: Developments in the Creation of Human-Nonhuman Combinations \ 3. Human-Nonhuman Transgenesis \ 4. Human-Nonhuman Gestation \ 5. Human-Nonhuman Hybrid Embryos \ 6. Human-Nonhuman Cytoplasmic Hybrids (Cybrids) \ 7. Human-Nonhuman Chimeras \ Part III: Cultural, Worldview and Ethical Perspectives \ 8. Cultural Perspectives \ 9. Worldview Perspectives \ 10. Ethical Perspectives \ 11. Ethical Analysis\ 12. Conclusions
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