Science frightener

tony leather By tony leather, 13th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3drtrdlk/
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Professor Thomas Baldwin, also co-author of this frightening document, maintained that if scientists begin injecting primate brains with stem cells of human brain tissues, the results might be catastrophic, in terms of transforming apes into something with distinctly human abilities, like the manipulation of others.

Science frightener


The new movie that continues the Planet of the Ape saga is much closer to relity than many realize, or it would be, if some scientists had their way, and we should all be a little concerned at the possibilities, many other scientists, fearful of a new humanoid species that is half ape, demanding tough new rules be introduced to prevent such a nightmare scenario from ever actually happening.

Their extremely hard-hitting report warns of research being close to pushing beyond the ethical boundaries that have long been recognized, extreme attempts by some madcap researchers, to give human attributes to laboratory animals a practice needing to be banned outright.


Cambridge University medical geneticist Professor Martin Bobrow, the report co-author, insists that rules must be laid down well before the scientists start performing experimental procedures that invoke public outrage.

Set up to look specifically at increasing experiment numbers in which human genes or tissue is added to animal by scientists, in genetic modification procedures, of which there were, in 2010, more than 1,000,000 such procedures, the transgenic specimens involved used to develop new drugs for cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases, besides investigating individual human genes.

So-called humanized animals result from the insertion of human stem cells into animal embryos, the resulting chimeras used in finding out more about various medical conditions, the experiments in question all within ethical bounds. The problem might arise from the sheer pace of change within science itself.

The report argues that researchers could very easily step over those invisible boundaries in their experimentation, a scenario which means that a new Home Office panel of experts needs to be set up for the monitoring of such experimentation.

Further, the document calls for the outright banning of some research threads, especially the humanization of primates, preventing the creation of creatures such as those featured in the films from the franchise, the latest one stemming from the storyline that scientists in search of an Alzheimer’s cure create human-like intelligence in a new breed of ape.

Professor Thomas Baldwin, also co-author of this frightening document, maintained that if scientists begin injecting primate brains with stem cells of human brain tissues, the results might be catastrophic, in terms of transforming apes into something with distinctly human abilities, like the manipulation of others.

Perhaps the best and most sensible way to avoid the awful possibility that the fiction might become reality would be to quite simply leave well enough alone. After all, as the sage man once inquired of a busybody neighbor, if it is not broken, then why fix it?

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Dangers, Experiments, Frankenstein, Science, Stem-Cells

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