“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

If it can be done, it must be done

We have the technology to "grow" human-compatible organs by deleting genes from pig or sheep embryos and inserting human stem cells that will hopefully replace the missing genes that code for kidneys, liver, heart, whatever.
The problem is that what if that human DNA gets incorporated into ALL the embryo without killing it? You might end up with a pig with exceptionally high intelligence, or with human-like facial features.
Would it be ethical to then kill that pig to harvest its liver for some alcoholic who ruined his own?
I don't have the answer to that question. All I know is that I love that science is decades ahead of the laws that are supposed to govern it. And I know that if we can make a smart pig with a human face.....it must be done. That would be so awesome.


Bill said...

A very small - but influential and growing - segment argues it's immoral to kill animals for any reason. Or even to use animals.

It's tempting to dismiss such, but I've seen enough societal decay that I don't assume they won't continue to wax.

Somebody smart said that people who quit believing in God will believe in anything. The Gaia worshiping among us prove that axiom.

Ed said...

Yeah, but the question is once we create these beastly hybrid creatures, regardless of their original purpose, is it ethical to kill them for parts?

What if they exhibit some human characteristics or behavior?