Now, a year after English scientists implanted human stem cells into bovine egg cells, Britain's Academy of Medical Sciences has launched a study to determine the ethics of creating human/animal hybrids.
The study hopes to mark out the boundary past which genetic mixing becomes unethical. Over the next year, the study will investigate what percentage of DNA constitutes a human, as well as looking at other issues like the creation of human stem cells from animal eggs and the implantation of human cells into animal bodies.
While most people support implanting a single gene for a human disease into a primate for the sake of research, the level of unease rises as the genome becomes more and more mixed. Certainly, with the technology available to create a 50/50 split hybrid, this field calls into question how we define ourselves in particular, and species at large.
No doubt the scientists conducting this study are serious, qualified, and respectful of human life. But if any of the scientists show up with a little red dude dressed like them, I'm gonna start worrying.
Whoa, this is really scifi ish.
We need our anime cat girls. As for the monkey hybrids it doesn't take much science. A human sperm isn't attracted to a chimpanzee egg but it wouldn't be that hard to inject the sperm. I wouldn't be surprised if this hasn't happened already and covered up. Due to chromosomal differences not all fertilizationes would be viable but some would. The resulting offspring would almost certainly be sterile.
Truely the sort of thing that can aid the coming technological singularity. A human hybrid with the regenerative abilities of some reptiles or perhaps starfish combined with the top physical traits found in the animal kingdom human intelligence and some degree of cyborg tech allowing greater than human intelligence on top of it all. The ultimate super human is coming with no need for further procreation as it can live forever. We'll make great pets!
read the book "The Lab" by Jack Heath. Thats exactly what agent Six of Hearts is. Skin of a shark, mind of an elephant, etc. all the good, with none of the bad. That would be interesting, but we shouldn't do it. Too many things can go wrong.
A chimp-human hybrid was supposedly developed as early as the 1930's by the Chinese and a live offspring was produced. But I don't know for certain. Either way, if we make researching tech illegal then people are going to go somewhere else to do it. I say we stay on top and go for broke. Hybrid everything, research everything, massively engineer a talking gorilla for all I care. Work with human stem cells, generate brainless clones to do scientific research on! We could accomplish so much in such a short time. Ya know they used to burn down buildings where scientists were doing autopsies... Ignorance and even worse, self-imposed ignorance, is a sin.
I don't see why we stick human beings on such a pedestal. We have the talent to do these things, why not use it?
Hmmm...interesting, perhaps at some point in the future people will be hybrids with animals that they will look like second life avatars lol
Thank you, Justus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lol. The human race is well known for wanting to mix genes with what-ever it can get it's hands on. If you know what I mean.
i think it's perfectly ethical to do this stuff for research purposes. think about what humans might miss out on; all kinds of research could be called off because people think its unethical. i say go for it.
Interesting topic. Some of you may have noticed the article on p16 a little while ago - the gene in naked mole rats that scientists believe may help make them immune to cancer. If it were possible to transcribe that gene, or one with similar benefits, into human cells without negative side effects, I have no doubt that gene therapists would be swamped with people seeking a cancer cure. Clearly, there are some advantages to hybridizing ourselves, at least to a limited extent.
As for engineering part-human hybrids, I can see where the issue might get murky. A cow engineered to produce infant-compatible, vitamin-enriched milk probably wouldn't care about the human genes in its modified DNA, but if you start messing around with the structure of the animal's brain, increasing intelligence, etc., then you are on your way to creating a hybrid person - one who did not ask to be altered.
I think we can safely rule out animemaster's catgirls and other intelligent hybrids. No self-respecting geneticist would try to create an artificial person, and even the nutjobs would no doubt be dissuaded by the penalties for violating ethical standards. Unless people of the future decide for themselves to start growing webbed feet, gills, fur, wings, etc., intelligent hybrids will remain the stuff of science fiction.
I think I could live without dog hearing though. To many kids running around with high pitch whistles anymore. Think M. J. Fox in Teenwolf.
I agree with Q42. Using genetics to fight cancer and other diseases are fine. However, using it to create hybrids is a different story.
Why are people so adverse to hybrids? I have 7 words for you Cyborg gorilla men with retractable cat claws.
i have to agree with animemaster
i want my kawaii neko girls. no lolis tho....
What is the basis for ethics? If all we are is highly evolved primordial soup, then who cares what happens to people?
I say we stay on top and go for broke. Hybrid everything, research everything, massively engineer a talking gorilla for all I care. Work with human stem cells, generate brainless clones to do scientific research on! We could accomplish so much in such a short time.
Due to chromosomal differences not all fertilizationes would be viable but some would. The resulting offspring would almost certainly be sterile.
Designer humans isnt far off. The species is going to split into infinite variations, some viable, some fantastic, and some really detrimental. Take the Jihad monkey from hell hybrid for example where armies of Burka Chimps jump from trees to eat out your eyeballs. Thats bad. Or the Giraffe Rabit Man, who jumps backyard fences to peer into your bedroom window. Very bad. But the Dolphin Human hybrid could be a very viable species. And who wouldnt want to eat sushi every day. Diving to the bottom of the sea, sex in 3D, Jumping like flipper with Glee....did I mention that the Dolphin has a prehensile penis? And Of course we have the Hybrid Dog on Family Guy; Brian, who is quite smart and debonair, but occasionally cant resist eating his own feces cause he is still....a dog at heart. Small price to pay for having an actually loyal friend who can walk himself.
the pig that actually flies would not let himself become bacon
Oh and what about that movie about human clones used for spare parts that think they are going to win a contest? Yeah the contest is to be cut apart into kidneys, lungs and hearts. Now if you could clone me a heart in a sheep, then I could have a heart transplant AND eat lamb chops the next day. No problem there is there? I long ago had a fantasy of about what if they could invent artificial meat which grows in an endless slab that you just cut off chunks of, but has no consciousness to be guilty about killing off? That would be Fab wouldnt it? and if you could add all the vitamins and minerals and fiber that we need from vegetables, well, one could become an ethical meatatarian.
if anyone mentions animi stuff again i will kill you. but otherwise the idea itself is interesting but still really weird im not sure such medaling should be used outside of the medical relm i mean remember what happened to the forerunners in halo with the flood, not a good thing!
So THATS where bigfoot came from! mystery solved.