Look on Their Works and Despair

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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17 years ago

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

17 years ago

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.

Tom W
Tom W
17 years ago

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!

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