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Chimeras: The ethics of creating human-animal interspecifics

By Constanze Huther

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In summer 2004, I had the pleasure of attending a seminar by Julian Savulescu and Nick Bostrom about "Human Enhancement, Artificial Beings, and the Future of Humanity" at the University of Oxford. Among other quite exotic topics, chimeras were the subject matter of one of our seminar meetings. This was a concept that was completely new to me at the time and apparently denoted some kind of mixture between human and animal, which was to be used in biological research. What struck me about the seminar was the immediate, visceral and resolute reaction the topic aroused in many of my fellow students, at a time when none of us were actually very informed about chimeras.


Deborah Maron

Date 2009
Degree PhD
Language English
Notes This dissertation was found through OpenDOAR and is published by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
University Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
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  1. Animals
  2. Animals in culture
  3. Cats
  4. Central nervous system
  5. Chimera
  6. Health
  7. Humans
  8. Immunity
  9. Mammals
  10. Snakes
  11. speciesism