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Creating chimeras for organs is legal in Switzerland

Shaw, David. (2014) Creating chimeras for organs is legal in Switzerland. Bioethica-Forum, Vol. 7, H. 1. pp. 24-26.

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Abstract

Switzerland has very detailed laws regulatingthe use of animals in agriculture, entertainment and science. There are also many Swiss laws governing the genetic modification of animals, protecting human embryos, and criminalising the creation of human/animal chimeras or hybrids. Despite all these regulations, the creation of an animal embryo that will develop a human organ using induced pluripotent stem cells and the subsequent birth of the resulting chimera would actually be permitted by current legislation. While this might appear to be an unhappy accident due to insufficient scientific foresight, I argue here that this loophole should not be closed, as the creation of human organs inside animals will probably be possible within 10 years, and Swiss Laws would currently enable the use of this process to save human lives through this allogenic or autologous organ source.
Faculties and Departments:08 Cross-disciplinary Subjects > Ethik > Institut für Bio- und Medizinethik > Bio- und Medizinethik (Elger)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Public Health > Ethik in der Medizin > Bio- und Medizinethik (Elger)
UniBasel Contributors:Shaw, David
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Schwabe
ISSN:1662-6001
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:04 Sep 2015 14:30
Deposited On:04 Sep 2015 14:30

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