Last edition | Sally Davies
The Ethics of organoids
Grown from human stem cells, organoids are clusters of living cells that resemble parts of the human body. From intestines to kidneys, livers to brains, these biological structures mimic how organs develop in the womb, and represent a major step forward in medical research. … What are some of the scientific and clinical frontiers that organoids are allowing us to probe? Where do they sit on the spectrum between ‘persons’ and ‘things’, and what ethical challenges do they present? Is there a possibility that brain organoids could display signs of consciousness – and if so, how would we know?
In this Meetup, bioethicist Jan Helge Solbakk (University of Oslo) will discuss the scientific and philosophical dimensions of organoid research with neuroscientist and organoid pioneer Alysson Muotri (UC San Diego), in a discussion moderated by Sally Davies (Editor, Aeon magazine).
Sally Davies – Deputy Editor, Aeon Magazine, UK
Alysson R. Muotri – PhD, Professor Emerita, Dept. Pediatrics & Cellular Molecular Medicine, University of California San Diego, USA
Jan Helge Solbakk – MD, Theologian and PhD (Ancient Greek philosophy), Professor and Head of Research, Centre for Medical Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway
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