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Mark L Flear, Anne-Maree Farrell, Tamara K Hervey, and Thérèse Murphy

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659210

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659210.001.0001

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Where the Wild Things Are: Xenotechnologies and European Hybrid Regulation

Where the Wild Things Are: Xenotechnologies and European Hybrid Regulation

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European Law and New Health Technologies

Siân Beynon‐Jones

Nik Brown

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes the regulation of xenotechnologies in Europe, focusing on the implications of this process for humans and other animals. It argues that, although processes of purification and effacement can be discerned in the work undertaken by the Council of Europe, xenotechnologies emerge as vastly more ‘hybrid’ here than they do within the EU's medicinal products legislation. In the regulatory work conducted by the Council of Europe, humans and animals are recognized as entities with entwined interests that are placed at mutual risk through the hybrid corporeality facilitated by xenotechnological innovation. Although a degree of purification does take place, resulting in the Council's positioning of humans and animals as separate entities with unequal claims to the protection of the law, the implications of xenotechnologies for animal bodies and lives are fully acknowledged.

Keywords:   European regulation, new health technologies, hybrid theory, conceptualization, medical products legislation

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