Thursday, November 16th
Thomas Beauchamp (Philosophy, Georgetown)
"Moral Problems in the Quest for Human-nonhuman Chimeras with Human Organs"
This lecture is on the ethics of uses of human stem cells to create human-nonhuman chimeras with human organs. It may smack of science fiction, but it isn't. It's happening and is a real problem in both Japan (which has banned it) and the NIH (which is trying to decide whether to lift its ban). His analysis is oriented to some questions NIH is probing (probably not very well) about the ethics of the research and about animal welfare. Dr. Beauchamp deals with some interesting questions in ethical theory about moral status, person theory, and the like.
FREE & OPEN TO THE Public
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