Faculty Advisor

Adams, David S.


Through increase understanding of biology, humanity has gained new and powerful tools for research and medicine. One of the tools is transgenic technology. The use of this technology to create transgenic animals has produced new disease and research models, bioreactors for transpharming pharmaceutical proteins, and has the potential to produce viable xenotransplant organs. Modification of animals raises the ethical dilemma of benefits to society vs. animal suffering. Our recommendations include increasing public awareness about the benefits of transgenic animals, along with explaining the current regulations both governmental and self imposed that guide the scientific community in making ethical decisions about creating transgenic animals.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology