Time to rethink the law on part-human chimeras
AuthorKoplin, JJ; Savulescu, J
Source TitleJournal of Law and the Biosciences
PublisherOXFORD UNIV PRESS
AffiliationMelbourne Law School
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsKoplin, J. J. & Savulescu, J. (2019). Time to rethink the law on part-human chimeras. JOURNAL OF LAW AND THE BIOSCIENCES, 6 (1), pp.37-50. https://doi.org/10.1093/jlb/lsz005.
Access StatusOpen Access
It may soon be possible to generate human tissues and organs inside of part-human chimeras via a technique known as interspecies blastocyst complementation. Using Australian legislation as a case study, we show why this technique of creating part-human chimeras falls within the gaps of existing legislation. We give an overview of the key ethical issues raised by part-human chimera research, and we describe how well these issues are met by a range of possible regulatory approaches. We ultimately argue that regulation of part-human chimera research should be (re)designed to balance two key aims: to facilitate ethical research involving part-human chimeras and to prevent unethical experimentation with chimeras that have an uncertain-and potentially substantial-degree of moral status.
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