HUMAN-cow embryos have been created in a world first at Newcastle University in England, hailed by the scientific community, but labelled “monstrous” by opponents.
A team has grown hybrid embryos after injecting human DNA into eggs taken from cows’ ovaries, which had most of their genetic material removed.
The embryos survived for three days and are intended to provide a limitless supply of stem cells to develop therapies for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and spinal cord injuries, overcoming a worldwide shortfall in human embryos.
Dr Teija Peura, director of human embryonic stem cell laboratories at the Australian Stem Cell Centre, said somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) had been done between animal species, but the “99 per cent human” embryos could boost research.
“If successful, they would provide an important additional research tool to help realisation of stem cell-based therapies for human diseases,” Dr Peura said.
“All avenues of research, including SCNT . . . need to be encouraged if we want to fulfil the promises of stem cell technologies.”
But her colleague, Dr Andrew Laslett, warned the process was yet to yield a stem cell line and so it remained only an academic possibility.
In January, the Fertilisation and Embryology Authority gave Newcastle University a licence to do the work, but the British Parliament would debate the longer-term future of such research next month.
Under the licence, embryos are not allowed to be developed beyond 14 days.
Preliminary findings of the embryo program were presented in Israel last week, and the head of the university’s Institute of Human Genetics, Prof John Burn, said further evaluation would be done before the full details were published.
“If the team can produce cells which will survive in culture, it will open the door to a better understanding of disease processes without having to use precious human eggs,” Prof Burn said.
“Cells grown using animal eggs cannot be used to treat patients on safety grounds, but they will help bring nearer the day when new stem cell therapies are available.”
The Catholic Church in Britain branded the creations as “monstrous” – a view supported by Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics director Fr Kevin McGovern.
“An almost-human embryo is being created and then it’s being destroyed,” he said.
“I cannot see that that respects human life or the dignity of human life.
“Human beings – or even almost human embryos – are not just things that you can use in a laboratory experiment.
“What is being created is life.
“No one knows exactly what would grow from these embryos.
“If this is approved in the UK, there will be renewed pressure to permit it here, and we will travel further down the slippery slope of allowing just about anything.”
It is not the first time hybrids have been created.
The method was pioneered by Dr Hui Zhen Sheng’s team at the Shanghai Second Medical University, China, where she fused human cells with rabbit eggs to produce early stage embryos, which in turn yielded human stem cells.
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Posted by Job on April 4, 2008
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The TV show “Futurama” had a running joke with “suicide booths” after the manner of telephone booths. In the light of today’s world, and the possibility that the devices below or similar will be used on people who do not consent to their “suicides” but will rather be declared insane or enemies of the state (i.e. Bible – believing Jesus Christ confessing Christians) makes that recurring “Futurama” joke appear not nearly so funny in retrospect, especially if the joke had the effect of desensitizing the populace to the concept just as “The Simpsons” (owned and created by largely the same people as “Futurama”) made pervasive crudity, disrespect, family dysfunction (and mocking fatherhood in particular), and frontal attacks on Christianity which do not solely begin or end with Ned Flanders mainstream. Keep in mind: the creators of “The Simpsons” and “Futurama” prior to this gave us the comic strip called “Life In Hell.” But it is amazing that the suicide debate has changed so fast that where just a few years ago Jack Kevorkian received national condemnation today movies that glorify suicide like “Million Dollar Baby” win Academy Awards. Add that to the full embrace of abortion throughout the western world, and the increasing support for cloning, and the respect for human life is diminishing just as rapidly as the western economies and cultures are disintegrating! You do not have to accept this madness and follow the rest of the world into the downward spiral! Choose righteousness by making Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior today! Follow the The Three Step Salvation Plan!
BERLIN, Germany (CNN) — A former top-level German politician has invented what he calls a “suicide machine” for terminally ill patients who want to die.
The device is a modified perfusor, a machine normally used to inject medicine over a long period of time, and Kusch has installed a button that allows the patient to set off the mechanism.
Kusch believes that way the patient is technically killing himself, protecting doctors who would assist by mixing the toxins and setting up the device.
According to Kusch’s method, the suicide machine would administer an anesthetic and a lethal dose of potassium chloride, which would lead to death within minutes.
German politicians, the medical community and especially churches are outraged by Kusch’s presentation of the killing machine. What do you think about the suicide machine?
“It is against the spirit of our ethics, the spirit of our ethical tradition, the spirit of the Christian image of a human person and against the spirit of our law,” Wolfgang Huber, the head of Germany’s Lutheran Church, told CNN.
Huber says society must help terminally ill patients deal with their pain rather then accepting suicide as an option.
“To those who criticize me, I say: it is none of your business,” Kusch said angrily when confronted with the criticism. He says churches and politicians are using phony and cynical arguments and that he believes a majority of Germans have already accepted assisted suicide as an option.
“There are people who are suffering, and who can’t deal with the pain anymore, and I want to help those people.”
The presentation of Kusch’s machine comes as Europe is engulfed in a debate about assisted suicide, sparked by the apparent self-killing of Chantal Sebire in France on March 19.
Sebire suffered from a rare facial tumor and had petitioned French courts and the French government to allow doctors to put an end to her life. She was found dead shortly after losing her case in France’s top court.
Like in many other European countries, assisted suicide is illegal in Germany and doctors who help terminally people die face jail. Many Germans travel to neighboring Switzerland where assisted suicide is not punished.
Kusch, Hamburg’s former justice minister, says he wants to spare terminally ill people from having to undertake a long and difficult journey to another country to fulfil their death wish.
And while many German politicians say the suicide machine is nothing but a sick publicity stunt, Kusch says his goal is to offer terminally ill people an option.
“My motives are strictly humanitarian,” he told CNN, adding that he does not plan to patent or potentially sell the machine, but that he would lend it those wanting to die, only after a strict medical and psychological evaluation.