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The Ethics of Animal ResearchExploring the Controversy$
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Jeremy R. Garrett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017060

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017060.001.0001

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Casuistry and the Moral Continuum: Evaluating Animal Biotechnology

Casuistry and the Moral Continuum: Evaluating Animal Biotechnology

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(p.181) 11 Casuistry and the Moral Continuum: Evaluating Animal Biotechnology
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The Ethics of Animal Research
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Autumn Fiester

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017060.003.0011

This chapter presents a discussion on bioethical casuistry, demonstrating it in practice with two cases of animal biotechnology. It recommends the use of bioethical casuistry as the most useful method of moral evaluation. It analyzes two contrasting projects with human-medical implications: the “biopharming” of transgenic goats in order to harvest proteins in the animals’ milk; and the creation of genetically modified pigs for the long-term goal of xenotransplantation. This chapter shows that the construction of a continuum of moral permissibility for the area of animal biotechnology provides a way to evaluate individual projects in transgenic science or animal cloning.

Keywords:   bioethical casuistry, animal biotechnology, biopharming, xenotransplantation, transgenic science, animal cloning, transgenic goats, genetically modified pigs

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