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Regulating Possibly Sentient Human Cerebral Organoids

Browning, Heather and Veit, Walter (2023) Regulating Possibly Sentient Human Cerebral Organoids. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Due to their contested ethical and legal status, human cerebral organoids (HCOs) have become the subject of one of the most rapidly expanding debates in the recent bioethics literature. There is no doubt that their potential scientific usefulness is immense. Human cerebral organoids constitute 3D biological cultures grown in a lab to work as a placeholder model for the human brain, and their similarity can allow us to engage in research that would otherwise not be possible. Yet, it is precisely this similarity that raises ethical issues. That is, if these organoids resemble human brains, might they deserve similar protections?


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Item Type: Preprint
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CreatorsEmailORCID
Browning, Heatherdrheatherbrowning@gmail.com0000-0003-1554-7052
Veit, Walterwrwveit@gmail.com0000-0001-7701-8995
Keywords: organoids; sentience; ethics; policy-making; precautionary principle; neuroscience; neuroethics; regulation; moral status
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Evidence
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Dr. Walter Veit
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2023 14:03
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2023 14:03
Item ID: 21818
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Evidence
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21818

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