Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


This project examines the controversial topic of transgenic animals, and describes the effect of this new technology on society. Chapters-1 and 2 describe how transgenic animals are created and categorizes their uses. Chapters-3 and 4 investigate the ethics and legalities surrounding this controversial technology. The authors of this project conclude that most types of transgenic experiments should continue, provided that strong IACUC and FDA oversights are in place to reduce animal suffering. However, experimentation in mammalian growth factor transgenesis should be discontinued due to the strong negative effects on the animals with no strong benefit to society. Patenting of transgenic animals should be continued, and will provide incentive for further investment in this kind of research.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2009

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology