25 March 2007

The Science of Evil

The depths of depravity reached by scientists who produce one outrage after another, seemingly just because they can, boggle the mind. From the London Mail:

Now scientists create a sheep that's 15% human

By CLAUDIA JOSEPH - 24th March 2007

Scientists have created the world's first human-sheep chimera - which has the body of a sheep and half-human organs.

The sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells - and their evolution brings the prospect of animal organs being transplanted into humans one step closer.
Professor Esmail Zanjani, of the University of Nevada, has spent seven years and £5million perfecting the technique, which involves injecting adult human cells into a sheep's foetus.

Chimera: sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells
He has already created a sheep liver which has a large proportion of human cells and eventually hopes to precisely match a sheep to a transplant patient, using their own stem cells to create their own flock of sheep.
The process would involve extracting stem cells from the donor's bone marrow and injecting them into the peritoneum of a sheep's foetus. When the lamb is born, two months later, it would have a liver, heart, lungs and brain that are partly human and available for transplant.

"We would take a couple of ounces of bone marrow cells from the patient,' said Prof Zanjani, whose work is highlighted in a Channel 4 programme tomorrow.

"We would isolate the stem cells from them, inject them into the peritoneum of these animals and then these cells would get distributed throughout the metabolic system into the circulatory system of all the organs in the body. The two ounces of stem cell or bone marrow cell we get would provide enough stem cells to do about ten foetuses. So you don't just have one organ for transplant purposes, you have many available in case the first one fails."

At present 7,168 patients are waiting for an organ transplant in Britain alone, and two thirds of them are expected to die before an organ becomes available.

Scientists at King's College, London, and the North East Stem Cell Institute in Newcastle have now applied to the HFEA, the Government's fertility watchdog, for permission to start work on the chimeras.
But the development is likely to revive criticisms about scientists playing God, with the possibility of silent viruses, which are harmless in animals, being introduced into the human race.

Dr Patrick Dixon, an international lecturer on biological trends, warned: "Many silent viruses could create a biological nightmare in humans. Mutant animal viruses are a real threat, as we have seen with HIV."

Animal rights activists fear that if the cells get mixed together, they could end up with cellular fusion, creating a hybrid which would have the features and characteristics of both man and sheep. But Prof Zanjani said: "Transplanting the cells into foetal sheep at this early stage does not result in fusion at all."


I remember reading a few years ago that Chinese scientists reported they "successfully" paired human and rabbit chromosomes in much the same way. Peggy Noonan wrote what I immediately thought: if I were God, I would close the curtain on this sad world the day they created "RabbitMan". It goes without saying that we are all glad that I am not God; His plan is perfect and His wisdom infinite.

But how long can this go on, and how far will scientists go before we reap some incredibly horrible chastisement? If we, as faithful Catholics, do not speak out against this sort of abomination, how could we expect to escape the results?

Tomorrow is the feast of the Annunciation, when God condescended to become man so that man could share in the very life of God. May Mary intercede for us to the Father, and may we beg forgiveness for trampling this dignity under foot to mix with farm animals.


1 comment:

MMajor Fan said...

OK, here's what I think. Yes, it's an abomination. No matter what one's faith is, this is the type of thing one will answer for. I'm sure it's not at the top of God's "gonna zap humankind for sure right now list" because there are a few checks and balances worked into the system.

1) I believe that quiet and humble work on human medical research that is devout and pro life, such as the use of human umbilical cord cells, will outpace with real healing results the work of the flashier abominations. I think the Lord has some surprises here, where healing results that are also ethical will end up being the most efficacious.

2) Humans will trigger other, worse, effects (such as the HIV example you gave, which almost certainly came from the eating of moneys, and SARS transmitted by civet cats) from the abominations, which will then result in a clamping down on their "research."

3) Humans will not get past certain inevitable age barriers, such as Alzheimer's inevitability as one approaches the God articulated barrier of approximately 120 years. People can buy abomination transplants and will still bump against the inevitabilities of age, and may actually find they are more likely to be trapped in a living body in an unpleasant setting (since people don't feel called to tend to the elderly so much anymore.) Remember, God placed an angel in charge of defending the tree of life. People sometimes confuse that with the tree of knowledge, from which Adam and Eve ate. Adam and Eve's descendents will find that they cross a point where they invoke the angel that guards the tree of life. Genesis 3: 22-24 explains that they are two separate trees and that a Cherubim with a flaming sword guards the way to the tree of life. Abomination research will trigger the angel's defense when it comes too close, and it will most likely be in some sort of boomerang plague scenario resulting from the abomination.

4) God realizes that humankind pushes the envelope before coming to their senses and going back to the straight and devout pro life path. But coupled with the abomination of abortions, people better come to their senses soon.
I do think some people are called to lead out of such times, and God gives them the chance to work. But people are on borrowed time, for sure.

5) There's a lot of lying and media hogs in academia (look at the falsifying of results by that South Korean geneticist who cloned the dog) and often they are not on such a promising track as they think, while happily spending the money.

Now, I'd much rather look at beautiful church pictures than think any more about this type of thing tonight!