Cardiac organoids do not warrant additional moral scrutiny

Jannieke N Simons*, Rieke van der Graaf, Johannes Jm van Delden

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Certain organoid subtypes are particularly sensitive. We explore whether moral intuitions about the heartbeat warrant unique moral consideration for newly advanced contracting cardiac organoids. Despite the heartbeat's moral significance in organ procurement and abortion discussions, we argue that this significance should not translate into moral implications for cardiac organoids.

Original languageEnglish
Article number61
JournalBMC Medical Ethics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2024


  • Heart/physiology
  • Humans
  • Morals
  • Myocardium/cytology
  • Organoids
  • Tissue and Organ Procurement/ethics


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