Transplantation, Chemical Inheritance, and the Identity of Organs
Munzer (Stephen R.)
Source: British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 45, No. 2, Jun., 1994, pp. 555-570
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    The identity of deoxyribonucleic acid and of organs across time is examined with special, though not exclusive, reference to transplantation1. Substantial identity of DNA is a plausible necessary condition of organ identity. Both DNA identity and organ identity can matter. DNA identity almost always matters in transplant2 situations, for the phenomenon of transplant3 rejection is DNA- based. Philosophical considerations figure both in the foundations of transplantation4 biology and in the understanding of gene therapy.

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