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Transplant Imaginary – "Mechanical Hearts, Animal Parts, and Moral Thinking in Highly Experimental Science" - California Scholarship Online
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Transplant Imaginary: "Mechanical Hearts, Animal Parts, and Moral Thinking in Highly Experimental Science"

Lesley A. Sharp


The extraordinarily surgically successful realm of organ transplantation is plagued worldwide by the scarcity of donated human parts, a quandary that generates ongoing debates over the marketing of organs, as patients die waiting for replacements. These widespread anxieties within and beyond medicine over organ scarcity inspire seemingly futuristic trajectories in other fields. Especially prominent, longstanding, and promising domains include xenotransplantation, or efforts to cull organs from animals for human use, and bioengineering, a field peopled with “tinkerers” intent on designing impla ... More

Keywords: organ transplantation, organ transfer, scarcity, experimental science, xenotransplantation, bioengineering, biomechanical engineering, medical anthropology, science and technology studies (STS), bioethics, morality in science, virtue, tinkering, tinkerers, experimental animals, pigs, swine, calves, baboons, macaques, heart pumps, artificial heart, mechanical heart, the scientific imaginary, embodiment, suffering, surgery, animal rights, animal activism, temporality, virtuous science, hybridity, hybrids

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520277960
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520277960.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lesley A. Sharp, author
Barnard College/Columbia University