Emilie St.Hilaire as Solange Larivière
Andrew Haggard MyKai spokesperson
2 CUTE GOATS:
AUTO PET FEEDER:
WOMAN WITH GOAT:
GOAT ON A WALK:
DNA ON SCREEN, EMBRYO, RATS: (video by the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT)
BABY GOAT SITTING: Shutterstock Royalty-Free License Agreement
MONKEY DOLL: Bonnie sculpt by Ferreira, reborned by Emilie St.Hilaire
ART GALLERY: (edited photo)
PROMOTIONAL POSTERS for OUR TRANSGENIC FUTURE designed by Emiliest
All music from Apple iMovie audio
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This artistic compilation video was created by Emilie St.Hilaire in 2016 for the purpose of exploring issues related to gene editing technology. The scientific pursuit of human organs grown by animals for xenotransplantation is explored here in a speculative artistic project in the hopes of highlighting foreseeable ethical issues already overdue in the public discourse on health and animal welfare.
"If the blending of animal and human DNA results, intentionally or not, in chimeric entities possessing degrees of intelligence or sentience never before seen in nonhuman animals, should these entities be given rights and special protections?"
"What, if any, social and legal controls or reviews should be placed on such research?"
"Are there fundamental issues with creating new species?"
"Are species boundaries 'hard' or should they be viewed as a continuum? What, if any, consequences are there of blurring species boundaries?"
"Are chimeras and transgenics more likely to suffer than 'traditional' organisms?"
"Will these interventions redefine what it means to be 'normal'?"
Read more about these ethical issues:
Quotations listed here are from Linda MacDonald Glenn "Medical Issues in Genetic Engineering and Transgenics"
Action BioScience web site (updated Nov 2013).