Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


This project reviewed the emerging technology of transgenic animals and the positive and negative outcomes it has on society. The biology and genetics behind transgenic animals were first examined. The project then went beyond the technology to focus on the ethical and legal issues that surround this controversial technology, presenting the benefits and detriments of using transgenic animals. Transgenic animals can be extremely beneficial to human welfare and society, but their own welfare must also be taken into consideration. Transgenic research should be continued, as long as the advantages to society far outweigh any disadvantages to the animal. Patenting of these animals should also be allowed, as they motivate researchers to continue work in the field.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology