Anscombe Bioethics
Vatican Double Helix Staircase
Bioethics Centre
Click here to subscribe to the Anscombe articles RSS feed to keep track of the latest changes... RSS Icon

Resisting the Subhuman (2009)


Helen Watt considers the implications of creating animal/human hybrids. A pdf of this article is available here.







We are not talking here about the modest form of hybrid made by adding one or two human genes to existing animal embryos. That does not seem to pose such serious problems with regard to human life or human parenthood. We are talking, rather, about the kind of hybrid which involves the substitution of human material for animal sperm or eggs - and thus a reproductive interaction of a kind that should alarm and repulse us.









This article was first published on the Guardian website.