RomeReports – Dangers in genetic research undertaken in Japan


According to the Nature magazine, Japan
has authorized a new line of genetic research so animals can develop organs
compatible with the human body. This would reduce the fateful search for
donors. In order to do this, an embryo of an animal would have to be modified
so it cannot develop a specific organ such as a pancreas.  By introducing
a particular type of human cell into an embryo, the animal’s organism will be
used to produce a human pancreas. It can then be transplanted into a person in
the future. However, before any experimentation there would have to be no
ethical drawbacks. Two bioethicists discuss technical and ethical implications:
PROF. ALBERTO CARRARA, Neuroethics Expert,
Ateneo Regina Apostolorum
, and PROF. ANTONIO G. SPAGNOLO, Università Cattolica Director of the
Institute of Bioethics.
Read the summary.