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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Creating Monsters:Mixing Human and Animal

Crazed scientists all over the globe are “playing god” with the very building blocks of life.  

Scientific experiments that insert human genes or cells into animals need new rules to ensure they are ethically acceptable and do not lead to the creation of "monsters," a group of leading British researchers said on Friday.
While humanizing animals in the name of medical research offers valuable insights into the way human bodies work and diseases develop, clear regulations are needed to make sure humanization of animals is carefully controlled.

Today, thanks to extraordinary advances in the field of genetic modification, scientists are now able to do things that were once unthinkable.  
Part human/part animal hybrid monsters are being created by scientists all over the planet and it is all perfectly legal.  Scientists justify mixing the DNA of humans and animals by claiming that it will help them “cure diseases” and “feed the world”, but the reality is that all of this genetic modification is a tremendous threat to the human race.  It is only a matter of time before humans start allowing themselves to be genetically-modified in order to “fight illness” or to “enhance” their abilities.  
The temptation to insert the genes of animals or plants into people in order to create “super soldiers” or a “superior race” will certainly prove to be much too tempting.  Unless something is done to hold all of this back, it seems almost certain that genetic hell will be unleashed on the human race.  

When Fantasy Becomes Reality 

Posted by Matt in randomscience

I mean, come on, who would want to make a human-animal hybrid?
Well, as it turns out, according to an article  British researchers have created embryos and stem cells using human cells and the egg cells from cows….
I guess this means that the idea of growing a minotaur army may not be so far-fetched after all…
Once genetically-modified humans start breeding with normal humans there will be no putting the genie back into the bottle.  

Eventually, we could get to the point where there are very few “100% humans” left.

July 22, 2011 12:02 am

Scientists warn over apeing humans

Experiments to make animals look, sound or even think like people could soon be on the research agenda, according to a UK scientific body that has warned politicians and the public to start considering the implications.
The Academy of Medical Sciences has spent the past 18 months investigating present and future research into “animals containing human material”.....

The academy’s review is based on what might happen in the near future, given the rapid pace of biological research....

The review identified three types of experiments that might soon become possible and would cause particular concern: modifying animal brains to mirror human “cerebral function”; fertilising human eggs or sperm in an animal; or endowing animals with characteristics perceived as uniquely human such as facial shape, skin texture or speech.

Mice with human livers are already used in toxicology research. US scientists have also created mice in which one-quarter of the brain cells are human neurons, and they have discussed – but not gone ahead with – making a mouse in which all neurons are derived from human stem cells.

“If you replaced an entire mouse brain with human neurons, it would almost certainly still be a mouse, though with some interesting changes,” Prof Bobrow said. “But for something with a bigger and more complex brain, such as a primate, it is hard to guess what the result would be.”

Another controversial move would be to make animals sound like humans. A gene associated with human language has been transferred to mice. “These animals vocalise slightly differently from ordinary mice – but they don’t speak,” said Robin Lovell-Badge, head of stem cell biology at the National Institute for Medical Research.

Martin Bobrow, professor of medical genetics at the University of Cambridge, led a panel set up by the Academy of Medical Sciences. He said: "Where people worry is when you get to the brain, the germ cells and the sentinel features that help people recognise what is a person, as opposed to a rat or a rabbit.
"Things like skin texture, facial shape, speech, replacing brain cells with human cells, allowing the development of human germ cells in animals. And particularly where there is any possibility of fertilisation within an animal."

He said the public was also concerned about animals whose appearance was deeply disturbing.
The professor said the panel was not recommending such work be banned outright, but that these were areas where the value of the science should be most carefully considered. Current laws around the use of animals in scientific research would cover most eventualities for now but these rules would not be enough for the techniques of the future, he said.
One "animal model" that includes human material is the Down's syndrome mouse. It carries a copy of human chromosome 21 among its DNA. Using this model, scientists are gaining insight into the condition.


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