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Ethics of Lab Rats

So in the first episode, Davenport is revealed to have been raising three bionic children in his basement. They have never been to school, they've never been upstairs, they only eat protein pellets, and sleep in test tubes. In Chase's words, they are human lab rats. Davenport doesn't seem to really consider them human, even in later episodes (seeing them first as his scientific achievements built for a singular purpose then his (?) children). Even Mrs. Davenport doesn't seem to realize the ethics of the situation, and only lightly admonishes Davenport. Aren't there child protection laws? Where do they exist in this universe? Or is it because Davenport's a billionaire?


Conincidentally, I will note that as long as the lab rats haven't undergone advanced aging, Davenport has been raising/developing them since he was in his early twenties.

labrats in the first episode, Davenport is revealed to have been raising three bionic children in his basement. They have never been to school, they've never been upstairs, they only eat protein pellets, and sleep in test tubes. In Chase's words, they are human lab rats. Davenport doesn't seem to really consider them human, even in later episodes (seeing them first as his scientific achievements built for a singular purpose then his (?) children). Even Mrs. Davenport doesn't seem to realize the ethics of the situation, and only lightly admonishes Davenport. Aren't there child protection laws? Where do they exist in this universe? Or is it because Davenport's a billionaire?

You know he was keeping them secret, right? The government didn't know about them until You Posted What?!?Aardvarkbanana911 (talk) 21:28, February 17, 2015 (UTC)

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