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Title: Animal genetic manipulation : a utilitarian response
Authors: Smith, Kevin R.
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social and Health Sciences
Keywords: Transgenic animals
Issue Date: Feb-2002
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)Blackwell Publishing Ltd, available from DOI: 10.1111/1467-8519.00267. For full bibliographic citation please refer to the version available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Citation: Smith, K. R. 2002. Animal genetic manipulation : a utilitarian response. Bioethics. 16(1): pp.55-71. [Online] Available from: DOI: 10.1111/1467-8519.00267
Abstract: I examine the process and outcomes of animal genetic manipulation ('transgenesis') with reference to its morally salient features. I consider several objections to transgenesis. I examine and reject the alleged intrinsic wrongness of 'deliberate genetic sequence alteration', as I do the notion that transgenesis may lead to human genetic manipulation. I examine the alleged wrongness of killing inherent in transgenesis, and suggest that the concept of 'replaceability' successfully justifies such killing, although not for entities deemed to possess 'personhood'. I examine 'significant suffering' associated with transgenesis and propose the radical conclusion that, although it would be wrong to prohibit animal genetic manipulation per se, utilitarians ought to support a 'default prohibition' on transgenic experiments that entail significant suffering.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/247
ISSN: 0269-9702
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