This story really reads like B-movie lunacy. Cybrids, chimeras and Mad scientists oh my.
Scientists are fertilizing animal eggs with human sperm and planting human nuclei into animal cells pretty much for giggles. They pretty much have no idea what they’re looking for as far as I can see but figure if they mess around enough they’re going to figure out something earth shattering.
Scientists in the UK have created at least 150 animal/human hybrids. But don’t worry. It’s all so they can come up with cures and you don’t have to worry because they’re killing them just a few weeks into their lives.
Yup. That’s supposed to make us all feel better.
The Daily Mail reports:
Scientists have created more than 150 human-animal hybrid embryos in British laboratories.
The hybrids have been produced secretively over the past three years by researchers looking into possible cures for a wide range of diseases.
The revelation comes just a day after a committee of scientists warned of a nightmare ‘Planet of the Apes’ scenario in which work on human-animal creations goes too far.
The 2008 Human Fertilisation Embryology Act made this all legit.
You gotta’ love how these scientists just hold out the hope of some possible future cure of an undetermined disease as license to create and kill at will.
And we can be rightly outraged but this is just the logical extension of the complete devaluing of life in our culture. Why would be OK to kill an embryo but not turn it into a half platypus before killing it. I can’t think of a logical argument that allows the former while prohibiting the latter.
We must cling to a radical love and respect for individual life or prepare for a reckless future ruled by mad scientists promising us great cures if only they’re allowed to take one little step further.
So be prepared for a B-movie future where the mad scientist creates monsters. But normally those movies start with the monster escaping the lab. In reality, the monsters are in the lab.