Scientists are demanding that ethical rules be put in place in order to regulate experiments in where human traits are going to be given to animals.
This movement- fueled by a report coming out of Cambridge University which claims how frighteningly close we are in the scientific community to making human/animal hybrids- wants to ban the giving of animals (like say monkeys) human attributes (making them smarter, for example), claiming that no good could come from such a move.
According to the study, released by the Academy of Medical Scientists, more than one million were carried out on genetically modified animals last year – mostly mice and fish carrying human DNA.
These transgenetic laboratory animals are used to develop new drugs for diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s, or to investigate the role of individual genes.
Researchers also create humanized animals by inserting human stem cells into animal embryos. These “chimeras” are used to shed light on conditions such as stroke, hepatitis and cancer; something the report says raised no ethical or legal concerns (for the most part).
But it does become the ideal “slippery slope” for our species to begin sliding down upon…
The report claims that the fast pace of science means researchers could create “…animals containing human material that approach ethical or regulatory boundaries”, and calls for a new body of experts to monitor the experiments.
It also demands some research is banned outright, including injecting human stem cells into the brains of primates if it “engenders human-like behavior”, claiming that the abominations could pose a threat to mankind.
According to Prof. Thomas Baldwin, co-author of the report: “The fear is that if you start putting very large numbers of human brain cells into the brains of primates suddenly you might transform the primate into something that has some of the capacities that we regard as distinctively human – speech, or other ways of being able to manipulate or relate to us. These possibilities that are at the moment largely explored in fiction, we need to start thinking about now…”
And it's thoughts we should really take serious when we have them...
Our future cold very well depend on it...