By David Schussler

 

Just a new version of experimentation that has been taking place for years, today’s headline at BBC News read “Plan to create Human-cow embryos” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6121280.stm

Is this to be the beginning of the new cow-boy?

UK researchers from Newcastle University and Kings College London, are working on stem cell research that would insert human DNA into a cow’s egg to create an embryo. This would create a chimera ( two distinct species combined into one). Their purpose is to learn from these embryos before moving on to human embryos which are more valuable and costly.

These scientists are asking permission to continue their research from the British government. Dr. Evan Harris, Liberal Democrat and member of the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee said of the project, “If human benefit can be derived by perfecting therapeutic cloning techniques or from research into subsequently derived stem cells, then it would actually be immoral to prevent it just because of a ’yuck’ factor.”

This sounds like a man who would look at a slaughtered rape victim and go “yuck!” Preserving the sanctity of life and protecting human dignity is not “yuck.”

Animals and humans are different species and, by nature, should remain so from their embryonic stage. There is no doubt that cures and even implants from animals are saving the lives of humans today, but creating chimeras more than strains the brains of any conceivable governmental bioethics committee. In fact Calum MacKellar of the Scottish Council on Human Bioethocs, said, “In this kind of procedure, you are mixing at a very intimate level, animal eggs and human chromosomes, and you may begin to undermine the whole distinction between humans and animals.”

Just what is human dignity? Surely the diseases that these scientists are trying to cure tend to diminish the dignity of some of those individuals who are suffering with the disease but the dignity of all humankind is being threatened by this type of research. Many of these scientists have been working on their procedures for years without a thought of, or in spite of, ethical repercussion. They are now invested in their research and protective of it. There are ethical scientists and procedures currently available for research that is equally as viable without moral recourse. This is what should be promoted, funded, and urged to fruition.

If this type of chimerical research is allowed, why should beastiality be illegal? Who could convict a human experimenting with a sheep? (I could, but won’t give other examples). Our world is tending toward moral turpitude while losing sight of our natural order. Exponents of Darwinianism and Creativity agree to the separation of our species. That has been the basis for our Bioethic Laws, our Marriage Laws and our moral tendencies. This research is just a test of the moral character of the world and we must cowboy up to the task of protecting what we believe in before Cow-Boys take over.

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