Chimeras and Hybrids – How to Approach Multifaceted Research?

  • Gisela Badura-Lotter
  • Marcus Düwell
Part of the Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine book series (STEMCELL)


Chimeras and Hybrids – How to Approach a Multifaceted Research?

Since a couple of years now, the creation of chimeras and hybrids has left the realm of myth and legend and entered into the reality of scientific research. The more it advances towards the creation of human-animal mixtures, the more the need for ethical and legal regulation is claimed. In our article, we will clarify different biological definitions concerning mosaics, chimeras and hybrids and contrast them with a new concept for an ethical evaluation of these highly diverse research fields. The proposed concept is illustrated by an example and some fundamental ethical reflections should briefly map the actual debate as well as the needs for further ethical reflection.


Bioethics Chimeras Hybrids Research ethics Species integrity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gisela Badura-Lotter
    • 1
  • Marcus Düwell
  1. 1.Institute of the History, Theory, and Ethics of MedicineUlm UniversityUlmGermany

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