New Harvest pp 93-111 | Cite as

Reproduction and Transplantation

  • Ivan M. Naumov
  • C. Don Keyes
Part of the Contemporary Issues in Biomedicine, Ethics, and Society book series (CIBES)


Reproduction can be viewed as a specific form or a “special case” of transplantation for the following reasons:
  1. 1.

    Transplantation can be defined as transfer of organ(s), tissue, or cell(s) from one biological individual to another

  2. 2.

    The essential part that determines individuality, i.e., the biological identity of organ(s), tissue(s), and cell(s) is the genes

  3. 3.

    The essence of reproduction is also the transfer of genes

  4. 4.

    Therefore, reproduction can be viewed as a form of transplantation



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  • Ivan M. Naumov
  • C. Don Keyes

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