We are on the verge of a new age of scientific breakthroughs. The door to these breakthroughs is being opened by scientists who are making embryos that are part human and part animal.
The embryos are called chimeras and could eventually conquer a wide range of diseases. The scientists are thinking so far ahead that they’re talking about creating farm animals with human organs that could be transplanted into human patients.
The scientists working on the project insist they’re not working to develop monstrous creatures, they simply want to cure disease.
As with any breakthrough scientific community is debating the ethics of chimeras. Some are accusing the scientists of trying to play God. The leading scientist in this field defended his work by saying, “I don’t consider that we are playing God or even close to that. We’re just trying to use the technologies that we have developed to improve people’s lives.”
The application of this research is very similar to that of stem cell research but offers even more hope because the transplanted organs can be made from cells from the patient’s body, reducing the risk of organ rejection.
The technique currently being used is for the scientist to manufacture the chimera and implanted into the body of the pig to grow the organ.
While bioethicists are discussing this technique, what will really be interesting is when the “scientific community” from the “Religion of Peace” starts talking about this. Somehow I suspect developing human organs in the body of a pig will cause the Islamic community to go completely off the rails. I wonder how long it will take for the “Religion of Peace” to declare jihad against the scientists.
After all, we wouldn’t want to force them out of the 13th century.
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