God, have mercy on us, I beg you.
In a move that some scientists say raises serious ethical questions, researchers have for the first time embryos that are a hybrid of human and monkey cells.
Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a professor in the Gene Expression Laboratories at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, says that the research could one day slash waiting lists of organ transplants.
“The demand for that is much higher than the supply,” he says.
Writing the scientific journal Cell, he describes how his team injected 25 iPS, or induced pluripotent stem cells, from humans into a number of macaque monkey embryos.
Over 100 of the embryos remained viable, enabling the scientists to study how the different types of cells interacted.
“Our goal is not to generate any new organism, any monster,” Belmonte stressed.
“And we are not doing anything like that. We are trying to understand how cells from different organisms communicate with one another.
“This knowledge will allow us to go back now and try to re-engineer these pathways that are successful for allowing appropriate development of human cells in these other animals,” he added.
See? They’re not tying to create a monster. They’re just after KNOWLEDGE.
It was evil when the Soviets tried, but it is a noble endeavor now.
They even show an image highlighting the human cells (red) in the “macaque” embryo:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;”