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The Porcisapien: Humanization of Livestock
October 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDTFree
Join us for Brews and Views, a moderated discussion addressing the most fascinating and provocative areas of bioscience and engineering.
Imagine you can grow a new heart, or other organ, from your own cells in a pig. If your heart was failing, you could grow a new, perfectly matched heart and have it available when you need it. In order for this to happen we need to humanize livestock. How human should we make livestock? How close to a human is a humanized pig and when would it deserve human rights? While it might address the shortage of human organs, is it fair for the pig to be just a bioreactor for spare parts? What human organs should we produce in pigs: heart, liver, pancreas, skin and muscle? What about a human brain in a pig? Are we going too far, have we already gone too far? Come join us for thoughts at the bleeding edge of humanizing livestock.
Speakers: Erik Shapiro, PhD, Associate Chair of Research and Associate Professor, Dept. of Radiology and Paul Thompson, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Philosophy and WK Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics.
Moderator: Chris Contag, PhD, Hannah Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics; Chair, Biomedical Engineering; Director, Institute for Quantitative Health Science & Engineering