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Genetic engineering and the integrity of animals

By R. de Vries

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Genetic engineering evokes a number of objections that are not directed at the negative effects the technique might have on the health and welfare of the modified animals. The concept of animal integrity is often invoked to articulate these kind of objections. Moreover, in reaction to the advent of genetic engineering, the concept has been extended from the level of the individual animal to the level of the genome and of the species. However, the concept of animal integrity was not developed in the context of genetic engineering. Given this external origin, the aim of this paper is to critically examine the assumption that the concept of integrity, including its extensions to the level of the genome and the species, is suitable to articulate and justify moral objections more specifically directed at the genetic engineering of animals.

Date 2006
Publication Title Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics
Volume 19
Issue 5
Pages 469-493
ISBN/ISSN 1187-7863
DOI 10.1007/s10806-006-9004-y
Language English
Author Address Faculty of Science, Department of Philosophy and Science Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, Centre for Ethics, Toernooiveld 1, 6525ED Nijmegen, Netherlands.
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  1. Animal genetics
  2. Animal health and hygiene
  3. Animal husbandry
  4. Animal rights
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Breeding
  7. Domestic animals
  8. Ethics
  9. Genetically engineered animals
  10. Genetically modified animals
  11. Genetically modified organisms
  12. Genetic engineering
  13. Genetic manipulation
  14. Genetics
  15. Genomes
  16. Livestock
  17. peer-reviewed
  18. Social psychology and social anthropology
  19. transgenics
  1. peer-reviewed