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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

What's Up, Doc?

Some disturbing news from the Scotsman:
    Scientists are poised to press ahead with controversial plans to create hybrid human and rabbit embryos.

    It emerged yesterday that three British teams - including one led by Professor Ian Wilmut at Edinburgh University - are due this month to seek licences from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority allowing them to create embryos that are 99.9 per cent human and 0.1 per cent rabbit.

    The scientists are also looking at the possibility of creating similar "chimera" embryos by mixing human and cow genes. The aim is to find a ready source of "human" embryonic stem cells without the ethical problems of tampering with human life.
Wait...Mad scientists who think they don't have to worry about "the ethical problems of tampering with human life"? Where have I heard that before?

4 comments:

Jennifer said...

Please tell me you are kidding.

Lee Shelton said...

Nope, no joke. Suddenly, The Island of Dr. Moreau doesn't seem so far-fetched.

Jennifer said...

Oh I shudder to think!

Chris Wilde said...

Just when I thought I'd got that Donnie Darko movie out of my head!

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