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Well, are YOU one of the those who are "at ease" with the idea of scientists creating human-animal hybrids?

It is reported that plans to allow British scientists to create human-animal embryos are expected to be approved tomorrow by the government’s fertility regulator. Using animal eggs will allow researchers to push ahead unhindered by the shortage of human eggs. Under existing laws, the embryos must be destroyed after 14 days when they are no bigger than a pinhead, and cannot be implanted into the womb. And if some-one decides not to follow the rules? Well, god only knows what science will then bequeath us. There us something profoundly wrong about this but modern science will not be deterred and recognises no morality.

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  1. I don’t like the idea, but if it can be done, it will be done and God only knows what comes next.

  2. Well I’ve a brother (52) with Parkinsons, and if this was to help him I’m all for it. I don’t at all like the idea of it but if they find a cure for parkinsons out of it maybe the end justifies the means.

  3. Very sorry to hear that Typhoo. Im 100% in favour of any research. I wouldnt feel moral being in favour of denying people the possible cures for such crippling disease.

  4. No I wouldn’t feel moral either. It’s what man was given intelligence for, to push ahead. I don’t like the idea of crossing boundaries between humans and animals, but this debate happened with IVF also. Going into God’s realm, well if he hadn’t wanted us to go there he shouldn’t have given us a brain to use. The only problem I have with IVF is there isn’t enough funding for young women to get it.

    And thanks Alsion for the empathy.

  5. Typhoo,

    I too am sorry to hear of your brother’s affliction with the dreadful Parkinson’s disease and I fully understand why you and many others would wish to see this research conducted. But I am worried about how science promises much and delivers little in some of these areas, and I wonder are hopes being raised so research grants are given? It’s about controlling the scientists, who by and large, I do not have faith in!

  6. For my sins I am a bio-ethicist and was consulted on this matter , I saw no objection to these proposals because the regulatory framework is so tough , projects will require peer review , funding review and ethical review . These reviews are huge hurdles to get over before any research takes place , believe me , there will be no monsters created .

  7. I fully trust the sicentists in this country. But North Korea? China? The mind boogles…

    I am in favour of this research however. You cannot stop progress, and who are we to deny life saving research to others. Typhoo lets hope they get a cure soon for parkinsons.

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