This little piggy went to market: Micro-pig® and its effects on the animal-human relationship
LE3 .A278 2009
Bachelor of Arts
Xenotransplantation, the process by which animal tissues or cells are inserted into human bodies, promises to fill the gap in human-to-human tissue transplantations, thereby alleviating organ transplant wait-lists and decreasing human suffering. This thesis examines the xenotransplant and the recipient. While pigs are used for agricultural and medical purposes, transplanting a living part of a pig body into a human body is different from other exchanges between the two species. Exploring the concepts of biotechnology, life itself, and speciesism, this thesis studies the relationship between the xenotransplantation donor and the xenotransplantation recipient. The thesis concludes that xenotransplantation begets a novel form of speciesism, whereby the xenotransplantation recipient becomes a humanising human and the xenotransplantation donor becomes a species without a species.
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