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Britain is planning for a future present when human and animal genes are mixed. As scientists continue to use human genes implanted in animals to create new medicines and understand our biology, it seems increasingly likely that we’ll blur the genetic distinctions between man and beast. The UK wants to be ready. After polling citizens and researchers alike, the British Academy of Medical Sciences released a report detailing how they believed the nation should handle all future blending of human and animal genes: very carefully. They recommend that research involving “Animals Containing Human Materials” (ACHM) should be overseen by a regulatory body, it should be categorized according to the degree in which human genes are used, and Britain should try to influence other nations to do the same.
In the creation of the report from the the British Academy of Medical Sciences, they interviewed more than a thousand UK citizens in multi-day discussions on the nature of transgenic science. Overall, attitudes towards ACHM were positive when portrayed as helping to create new medicines or to cure genetic diseases. In fact, the opposition towards this research could largely be attributed to three areas of concern. People were uncomfortable with scientists:
1) modifying animal brains to be more human,
2) creating human embryos inside animals, and
3) changing animals to have more human-like appearances and/or behaviors.
Originally posted by Kingbreaker
Now, perhaps this will be cutting edge, but what about synthetic organs? what if you could take the incubation period out of the equation? or insert any blood type you need so that recipient's body wont reject the organ. that would be cutting edge to me
Originally posted by Kingbreaker
reply to post by SaturnFX
I guess we'll just have to see what happens, hopefully they do some very thorough testing, I wouldn't want to receive said organ, and find out later that my DNA has altered itself to accommodate, and that I have a piggy tail sprout out above my behind.
There's an HG wells novel called "The island of Dr Moreau" and three different movie versions, where basically the plot is, mad scientist creates human/animal hybrids. Needless to say, it doesn't go well in the book or the movies.
Originally posted by Victor03
Hi...Im an American. No i dont think you should live in the stone age. However the idea to blend human dna with animal dna to create new species for possible organ harvesting is absolutely idiotic and cruel. ... This is mad science at its finest.
That is the part that concerns me. How do you draw the line on what type of creature deserves human rights when you start blurring the distinction between man and beast?
Originally posted by buddha
If an animal has body parts of a human.
should not the animal have Human rights?
Yes it's unnerving. If we had the omniscience of God, maybe we could pull it off without any problems. But we don't. My prediction is something will go wrong, and the response will be, "don't blame us, we didn't anticipate that happening". I am blaming them already because I know they can't anticipate everything.
Originally posted by SaturnFX
Truely awesome (and potentially unnerving) news.
Seems we are finally on the road to making humanlike animals for a variety of reasons
Britain is planning for a future present when human and animal genes are mixed. As scientists continue to use human genes implanted in animals to create new medicines and understand our biology, it seems increasingly likely that we’ll blur the genetic distinctions between man and beast.
no worries, your new liver is being raised in a pigman as we speak.
Well, some people still think that global warming is natural and not caused by man, maybe manbearpig will be able to convince them otherwise, since humans haven't convinced them yet!
Originally posted by 547000
So we will finally be able to show people that manbearpig is dangerous.