March 27, 2007

Look on Their Works and Despair

Justin Katz

Yeah, yeah, I know I'm a superstitious flatearther afraid of science and willing to impose my fear-based morality on others, but I'm beginning to wonder if our culture will be able to muster the fortitude to object to any scientific "advances." The latest:

Scientists have created the world's first human-sheep chimera - which has the body of a sheep and half-human organs.

The sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells - and their evolution brings the prospect of animal organs being transplanted into humans one step closer. ...

The process would involve extracting stem cells from the donor's bone marrow and injecting them into the peritoneum of a sheep's foetus. When the lamb is born, two months later, it would have a liver, heart, lungs and brain that are partly human and available for transplant.

Are we just numb to this sort of thing at this point? Or do we live in a state of disbelief, as if the news were fiction? Or do we lack the imagination to envision the ways in which these trends can go horribly wrong, or the self-awareness to understand how the lines in the sand of our tolerance drift away with every gust of scientific presumption?

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I think this is a great thing. Of course, I don't think in vitro fertilization is an abomination against some God figure, either.

Posted by: Greg at March 27, 2007 1:19 PM

I hover between atheist and agnostic. In vitro doesn't bother me. Cloning body parts from adult stem cells is great with me.

This ... is really troublesome. There is no end. We will now have sheep with human brains and all such horror. The genetic barrier to inter-species breeding evolved for a reason.

Posted by: SusanD at March 27, 2007 9:19 PM

A dream come true for Democrat politicians and union bosses!

No more individuals questioning their authority or actions - just sheep to follow them, and to be sheared without complaint!

Posted by: Tom W at March 28, 2007 10:52 AM
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