Ethics of Science and Technology Assessment

Genetic Engineering in Livestock

New Applications and Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Editors: Engelhard, Margret, Hagen, Kristin, Boysen, Matthias (Eds.)

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Recently, the first "zoopharming" product has reached market approval: it is a recombinant human protein for medical use that is produced in the milk of transgenic goats. In addition, other transgenic animals, including faster-growing salmon and „environmentally friendly" pigs with reduced levels of phosphate in their faeces are awaiting regulatory approval. These are only some examples of upcoming applications of genetic engineering in farm animals. Other potential applications include traditional breeding goals such as higher milk or meat yields, leaner meat, and disease resistance. While genetic engineering in livestock opens a huge range of possibilities, it also brings about concerns of safety and justification: does genetic engineering affect animal welfare? Is it safe and morally acceptable to apply genetic engineering to farm animals for the various purposes that are envisaged?

It is against this background that the Europäische Akademie GmbH and the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften addressed the topic of transgenic farm animals in an interdisciplinary symposium in 2007. In these proceedings the following topics are covered: an analysis of the state of the art of the technology and its applications, an introduction to the specific application zoopharming (including its historical industrial development and the market for biopharmaceuticals), an assessment of ethical aspects, and considerations regarding the investigation of animal welfare implications of livestock biotechnology. The proceedings address science, industry, politics and the general public interested in the chances and risks of this upcoming field of biotechnology.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Transgenic Farm Animals: Current Status and Perspectives for Agriculture and Biomedicine

    Niemann, Heiner (et al.)

    Pages 1-30

  • Methods to Generate Transgenic Animals

    Houdebine, Louis-Marie

    Pages 31-48

  • Animal Pharming: Past Experience and Future Prospects

    Schnieke, Angelika

    Pages 49-67

  • Market Development of Biopharmaceuticals

    Walsh, Gary

    Pages 69-89

  • Ethical Aspects of Livestock Genetic Engineering

    Kaiser, Matthias

    Pages 91-117

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Genetic Engineering in Livestock
Book Subtitle
New Applications and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Editors
  • Margret Engelhard
  • Kristin Hagen
  • Matthias Boysen
Series Title
Ethics of Science and Technology Assessment
Series Volume
34
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-85843-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-85843-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-85842-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-09937-3
Series ISSN
1860-4803
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 146
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations
Topics