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Neural Organoids and the Precautionary Principle

Birch, Jonathan and Browning, Heather (2020) Neural Organoids and the Precautionary Principle. [Preprint]

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Abstract

It is a familiar idea that we should “apply the precautionary principle” when designing animal welfare regulations: we should not allow our uncertainty about the sentience of some animals to delay the adoption of proportionate measures to protect those animals from severe welfare threats. The same general idea should be applied to neural organoid research. If any of a set of neurological “warning signs” is found, proportionate measures should be taken to mitigate welfare risks. A measure likely to be proportionate is to bring the organoids in question within the scope of regulation that already exists for scientific research on sentient animals (such as, in a UK context, the “ASPA” regulatory framework).


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Item Type: Preprint
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Birch, Jonathanj.birch2@lse.ac.uk0000-0001-7517-4759
Browning, Heatherheather.browning@anu.edu.au0000-0003-1554-7052
Keywords: organoids, sentience, precautionary principle
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Policy
Depositing User: Dr Jonathan Birch
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2020 03:00
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2020 03:00
Item ID: 18457
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Policy
Date: 23 October 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18457

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