Human animal hybrid experiments

What are the odds?

Having just finished reading the article Stalin’s ape-man superwarriors, along came the following headline, 150 human animal hybrids grown in UK labs: Embryos have been produced secretively for the past three years.

Stalin’s ape-man superwarriors told of supposed desires by Joseph Stalin to create warriors imperious to human weaknesses. Now we find that such experiments have been taking place during the last few years. Perhaps not in order to produce super-ape-man-warriors but never the less. In fact, both articles make reference to “Planet of the Apes” (as a side note, see Intelligent Design vs. evolution: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”). They must have both missed The Island of Dr. Moreau.

Here are some highlights (or, lowlights):

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. Last night a campaigner against the excesses of medical research said he was disgusted that scientists were ‘dabbling in the grotesque’…embryos, containing both human and animal genetic material…

Three labs in the UK – at King’s College London, Newcastle University and Warwick University – were granted licences to carry out the research…Lord Alton…said:
‘I argued in Parliament against the creation of human- animal hybrids as a matter of principle. None of the scientists who appeared before us could give us any justification in terms of treatment. Ethically it can never be justifiable – it discredits us as a country. It is dabbling in the grotesque. At every stage the justification from scientists has been: if only you allow us to do this, we will find cures for every illness known to mankind. This is emotional blackmail. Of the 80 treatments and cures which have come about from stem cells, all have come from adult stem cells – not embryonic ones.

‘On moral and ethical grounds this fails; and on scientific and medical ones too.’

Josephine Quintavalle…said…
‘The problem with many scientists is that they want to do things because they want to experiment. That is not a good enough rationale’…

the lead author of their [a group of leading scientists] report, Professor Robin Lovell-Badge…said:
‘…as a scientist I feel there is a moral imperative to pursue this research…we should be proud of the research.’

This is pragmatism gone wild. With the supposed end goal of curing disease, we see that science is amoral and some scientists take their clues from their secular worldview in order to justify just about anything at all.

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