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    Ethics & Debate Center - Thread: Has Science Gone Too Far ?

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      Has Science Gone Too Far ?

      Do you believe scientists have gone too far with creating hybrid creatures?
      http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170...nimal-chimeras
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      The quest to create animals with human organs has a long history – and it is now becoming a reality. Has science taken a step too far?

      It is 120 years since Wells first published his novel, and to read some recent headlines you would think that we are veering dangerously close to his dystopic vision. "Frankenstein scientists developing part-human part-animal chimera," exclaimed the UK's Daily Mirror in May 2016. "Science wants to break down the fence between man and beast," the Washington Times declared two months later, fearing that sentient animals would soon be unleashed on the world.

      The hope is to implant human stem cells in an animal embryo so that it will grow specific human organs. The approach could, in theory, provide a ready-made replacement for a diseased heart or liver – eliminating the wait for a human donor and reducing the risk of organ rejection.

      These bold and controversial plans are the culmination of more than three decades of research. These experiments have helped us understand some of the biggest mysteries of life, delineate the boundaries between species, and explore how a ragbag bunch of cells in the womb coalesce and grow into a living, breathing being.

      With new plans to fund the projects, we are now reaching a critical point in this research. "Things are moving very fast in this field today," says Janet Rossant at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and one of the early pioneers of chimera research. "It's going to open up a new understanding of biology."

      That is, provided we can resolve some knotty ethical issues first – questions that may permanently change our understanding of what it means to be human.

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      Personally I think so but that could just be my age and my conservative viewpoint
      Isaiah 40:31

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      As long as the human stem cells are not from killed babies I think it's great. Although it's bad for the animal embryo it saves a lot of cats and rabbits who don't get filthy medicines or perfume in their eyes. And it's great for people who need an organ. Wonder if it works though and has no side effects.
      Last edited by Rens; 01-09-2017 at 07:04 AM.

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      I'm against this kind of thing. I pulled up a few articles just now that contained comments and one person brought up the point that we are made in God's image. That's very unique. Animals should not be combined with that uniqueness since it wasn't God's intention.
      "Christianity does not require more work but more trust." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
      "Bearing fruit does not make you a branch. A branch is a branch because it grows from the vine." Pr. Jonathan Fisk

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      Some animals are very similar to human beings though they do not have exactly the same capabilities. Chimpanzees, Bonobos, even gorillas share a great deal of the same genes in the same places as human beings. But I agree that one ought to have moral misgivings about the wisdom and rightness of pursuing this kind of research.

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      I am highly against the mixing of species. Our bodies are temples fit for the Holy Spirit to dwell in. I wonder if the Holy Spirit will dwell in a place contaminated by rodents and pigs.

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      Do you think the Holy Spirit would dwell in a body that has been contaminated by an unclean animal such as a pig or a rodent?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Brighten04 View Post
      Do you think the Holy Spirit would dwell in a body that has been contaminated by an unclean animal such as a pig or a rodent?
      Does bacon contaminate? I think bacon is delicious

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      Quote Originally Posted by MoreCoffee View Post
      Does bacon contaminate? I think bacon is delicious
      Bacon goes in and then comes out. I was thinking of someone with an organ that had animal DNA mixed with human DNA.

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      Yes, lets not confuse the issue
      Isaiah 40:31

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