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Le cochon est-il l'avenir de l'homme ? Les xenogreffes et l'hybridation du corps humain

Abstract : Are pigs the future of mankind? Xenotransplantations and the hybridisation of the human body In recent years scientists have created genetically modified pigs for the purpose of xenotransplantations. These are transplants of animal organs into human patients. The paper examines why pigs have been chosen as donors, the significance of hybridisation and the controversies that these innovations have caused. A historical review shows that far from the choice of pigs being «natural» it turns out to be recent and to follow controversies surrounding the possible use of primates. The scientists choice of pigs is the product of a balancing act on either side of the human / animal divide. Since pigs are different from humans they can be objectified and thus absorbed. This distance is however now threatened by the discourse on animal rights and by genetic manipulations that «humanise» pigs.
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Catherine Rémy. Le cochon est-il l'avenir de l'homme ? Les xenogreffes et l'hybridation du corps humain. Terrain : revue d'ethnologie de l'Europe , Ministère de la culture, Sous-direction ARCHETIS-DAPA, 2009, pp.112-125. ⟨hal-00422115⟩



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