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Chimeras, Hybrids, and Interspecies Research


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Introduction 1. Chimeras 2. Hybrids 3. Cybrids, Cross-Species Embryo Transfer, and Transgenics 4. Beliefs about Interspecies Interventions ConclusionIs Early Interspecies Research Fundamentally Distinct? References Index

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Andrea Bonnicksen aptly addresses the scientific, ethical, and policy issues raised by biological research that crosses the human species 'boundary'. She carefully describes the science and deftly handles the ethical and policy considerations. The result is an eminently readable and important contribution to the literature. -- Jason Robert, Center for Biology and Society, Arizona State University From the myths of the chimeras and centaurs onward, human-animal combinations have been the stuff of wonder and fear. Now, technology is bringing myth into reality. Andrea Bonnicksen offers a thorough and insightful overview of the science, ethics, and law of interspecies research. Her careful assessment of each new technology is a necessary prelude to reasoned policy development. -- Ronald M. Green, director, Ethics Institute, Dartmouth College This thoroughly researched, philosophically informed, and scholarly study provides a sober yet unsettling assessment of the real potential of biotechnology to challenge our assumptions about the biological basis of being human. -- Mark Sagoff, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, University of Maryland A highly readable and comprehensive analysis that will stand as a valuable resource for experts and non-experts alike for years to come. There is nothing else out there that can compare with the breadth of this work, or the penetrating insights it offers for contending with some very challenging public policy issues. -- Mark Frankel, director, AAAS Scientific Freedom, Responsibility, and Law Program

About the Author

Andrea L. Bonnicksen is Distinguished Research Professor and former chair of the Department of Political Science at Northern Illinois University. She is the author of Crafting a Cloning Policy: From Dolly to Stem Cells and In Vitro Fertilization: Building Policy from Laboratories to Legislatures.


An excellent antidote to the prevailing fantastical imagery associated with early interspecies research... Bonnicksen's book should be required reading for anyone involved in creating or implementing policies related to ISR, and it is a valuable resource for the rest of us, especially those who discuss ISR or embryo research in bioethics or health policy courses. Though ISR is the focus of the book, her analysis of the topic also is relevant to a broad range of bioethical issues including the moral relevance of species boundaries or genetic composition; the importance of creating policies based on accurate science and carefully articulated values rather than vague feelings or kneejerk reactions; the need to consider the welfare interests of nonhumans alongside those of humans; and the relevance of myriad influences on people's attitudes toward biotechnological developments. JURIMETRICS A salve for those who find themselves exasperated by popular depictions of contemporary ISR or flabbergasted that such poorly informed beliefs serve as a foundation for legislation. JURIMETRICS

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