DOI: https://doi.org/10.7203/metode.12.20651

Hideous progeny? The future of growing humans


Abstract


Today’s biotechnologies are not simply providing powerful new possibilities in medicine; they are transforming our view of what it can mean to be human. In particular, the discovery of the extreme plasticity of cells – the possibility of changing one tissue type for another, and of regenerating the embryonic cell state from which we all grew – forces us to confront our status as a contingent community of living cells, and challenges traditional notions of self and identity. Here I discuss some of these technologies and their broader social, ethical and philosophical implications.


Keywords


tissue engineering; stem cells; organoids; cell reprogramming; transhumanism

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