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Read an item today stating that the Human Fertilisation and Embroyology Authority gave permission after consultations showed the public were at ease with the prospect of creating human-animal embyos for the furtherment of medical research.Surely it raises moral,religious,ethical- lists more issues?I'm not sure I am at ease with the prospect and that surprised me as I am normaly fairly easy going.....who were this 'public' that forwarded the thumbs up?

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  • Location: Ashford, Kent
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  • Location: Ashford, Kent

    Well no one asked me!

    Seriously though, although I believe in the benefits of this research, a better source of embryonic stem cells is required. I do have issues with this sort of cut and paste transplanting of genetic material between species. Namely every success in this field creates countless ethical questions on the next course of action.

    Cloning...Done

    Hybrid...check

    Army of cloned super intellegent dog/man hybrid body guards....sit!

    Ok slight exaggeration, but I do wonder where this research will lead us in the future.

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  • Location: 4 miles north of Durham City
  • Location: 4 miles north of Durham City

    You only have to venture as far as Sacriston to realise that this has already been achieved.

    (Albeit the blending between human and animal has occured in a remarkably subtle way...)

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  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire
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  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

    I have to admit, it's one of those issues where I can see the arguments on both sides- so I'm not really bothered about it.

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    I have to admit, it's one of those issues where I can see the arguments on both sides- so I'm not really bothered about it.

    Is that arguement not rather like saying Hitler did some wonderful things for Germany pre-war but he had his faults also so I'm not really bothered?

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    Does anyone else think this is interesting?

    I have 7 chilren so do I suppose have a pro-life take on things and was interested in how we treat what is in fact a human being in whatever form.............You post items that I have found dreadfuly dull but I don't go out of my way to tell you :)

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  • Location: Sunderland
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  • Location: Sunderland
    Read an item today stating that the Human Fertilisation and Embroyology Authority gave permission after consultations showed the public were at ease with the prospect of creating human-animal embyos for the furtherment of medical research.Surely it raises moral,religious,ethical- lists more issues?I'm not sure I am at ease with the prospect and that surprised me as I am normaly fairly easy going.....who were this 'public' that forwarded the thumbs up?

    It seems to me that the H.F.E.A are attempting to play god with mother nature...Not the best idea, me thinks, because when you try and do this, Mother Nature has this knack of kicking you squarely in your privates when your back is turned, IMHO

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  • Location: 4 miles north of Durham City
  • Location: 4 miles north of Durham City
    I have 7 chilren so do I suppose have a pro-life take on things and was interested in how we treat what is in fact a human being in whatever form.............You post items that I have found dreadfuly dull but I don't go out of my way to tell you :)

    You poor poor buggar.

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  • Location: New York City
  • Location: New York City
    I have 7 chilren so do I suppose have a pro-life take on things and was interested in how we treat what is in fact a human being in whatever form.............You post items that I have found dreadfuly dull but I don't go out of my way to tell you :)

    I wasn't being sarcastic so you don't need lecture me :)

    I find this piece of research interesting and I was enquiring if anyone else did too, from a scientific view, instead of debating it's Hilteresque qualities, which I happen to think was bad taste but I kept that to myself.

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  • Location: Western Isle of Wight
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  • Location: Western Isle of Wight

    I have always fancied a pair of wings myself :) At the present rate of biotechnological development, a hundred years on the situation regarding feeding an increasing population may well mean hybridization of certain food species, fish for instance.

    Russ

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  • Location: Hanley, Stoke-on-trent
  • Location: Hanley, Stoke-on-trent

    The embryo is not a viable cell though as I understand it. It would never become a foetus if implanted in a womb & does not have the potential for life.

    On balance I have no objections.

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    I wasn't being sarcastic so you don't need lecture me :lol:

    I find this piece of research interesting and I was enquiring if anyone else did too, from a scientific view, instead of debating it's Hilteresque qualities, which I happen to think was bad taste but I kept that to myself.

    Sorry I mistook your comment as you have mine.I didn't actually say there was a Hitleresque side to it more a concern/interest as to where it may lead.

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