Prophet Atwood

It's strange when fiction becomes reality...

I have been re-reading the entire MaddAddam series written by Margaret Atwood. Her's is nothing short of an epic and phenomenal piece of speculative fiction for more reasons than I can begin to enumerate. Apparently, she was right on the money about her genetically engineered pigs called Pigoons. 

According to the Washington Post, they have now become a reality... or at least nearly a reality. I think most interesting is that not only did they grow mixed organs but neurons. Obviously, the ethical implications are huge.

If you purposely grow a pig that is part human, what are the ethical obligations to that embodied being? Can you have ethical obligations to only part of a being? How would you separate out the human part you must consider a subject? Questions abound.