First animal-human embryo trials to go ahead

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    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article3204128.ece

     
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    Movies like 28 days later would appear to be appropriately set in England.
     
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    How delightfully twisted. God bless the pursuit of medical knowledge.

    Better not let the little buggers grow up. They'd give the taxonomists fits.
     
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    They destroy the embryos after 14 days.

    And note that the genetic material being used is human. The genetically-empty cows eggs is used more or less as an incubator. Easier to do than getting a bunch of human eggs for this research.

    As usual, certain elements of the media (who don't understand the science) are getting unnecessarily worked up over it. Between global-warming and things like this, I'm almost ready to avoid any popular reporting on science. The media is so bad at it.
     
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    Doesn't change the fact science and scientists are way to willing to play with things in ways we really shouldn't be playing. Just because you can do something, does not mean you should or that you can possibly prepare for any and all side effects or complications.
     
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    So given that they're just studying these and then destroying the embryos after 14 days, what side effects or complications do you envision?
     
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    I envision that they will ask for and be granted MORE then what they are doing now. And eventually some one WILL impregnate something with some monstrousity for "scientific" research. This is just the first step leading to that.
     
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    You can make those kind of slippery slope arguments all day long and stop most any kind of scientific research with it. If they can gain some insight to disease doing this thing with the cow eggs, I don't think it is a problem. I also don't think they could implant these embryos even if they wanted to, but hopefully we won't find out.
     
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    Yes lets destroy our economies because "maybe" man is causeing global warming, but hey lets just "hope" no one does anything dangerous with scientific research like this.
     
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    There is nothing here that's new to do anything dangerous with. This has all been done before in animals. Anyone who wanted to do something "dangerous" with it could have done it just as easily before this research as after, so that's a red herring. The technique is known, they just want to employ it to learn something about disease.

    As for global warming, if people would quit politicizing the issue and understood the science better, no one would be suggesting things like Al Gore does. The guy doesn't know the first thing about science, which is why he won't debate a scientist on the issue.
     

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