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TransHumanism ( animal-human hybrids) near future arms race?

Posted in Animal Human Hybrid, Eugenics, Transhumanism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2011 by saynsumthn

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Behind closed doors scientists have breached the genetic codes that separate the individuality of animal and plant species.

In the area of food production, new hybrid plant species have been scientifically engineered, with their derivative products commonly appearing in our supermarket shelves. But quietly, for two decades, scientists have taken the knowledge of genetic engineering to a frightening new level; merging animal DNA with human DNA, creating the potential and unthinkable reality of super human non-human entities.

These developments along with their looming and terrible consequences, held back from the public eye, are exposed in this important and sobering new documentary.
Trans-Humanism” blows the lid off a secretive area of technology where science may indeed be going too far.

Here is a report in the UK from 2009:

‘Frankenstein’: UK scientists warn about secret human-animal hybrid research

In a scenario that a panel of scientists with the Academy of Medical Sciences warned bears resemblance to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” British scientists have created more than 150 human-animal hybrid embryos in secret research conducted in British laboratories.

According to the Daily Mail, 155 “admixed” embryos, containing both human and animal genetic material, have been created over the past three years by scientists who said stem cells could be harvested from the embryos to be used in research into possible cures for a wide range of diseases.

The secret research was revealed after a committee of scientists warned of a nightmare scenario in which the creation of human-animal hybrids could go too far.

Professor Robin Lovell-Badge of the National Institute for Medical Research and co-author of a report by the committee of scientists, warned about the experiments and called for stricter oversight of this type of research. He especially zeroed in on human genetic material being implanted into animal embryos, and attempts at giving lab animals human attributes by injecting human stem cells into the brains of monkeys.

It was revealed that labs at King’s College London, Newcastle University and Warwick University were given licenses to carry out the research after the introduction of the 2008 Human Fertilisation Embryology Act that legalized the creation of human-animal hybrids, as well as ‘cybrids’, in which a human nucleus is implanted into an animal cell, and ‘chimeras’, in which human cells are mixed with animal embryos.

However, the scientists did not call for any additional legislation regulating such controversial research, but called instead for a panel of experts to oversee it. Prof Martin Bobrow, chair of the Academy working group that produced the report, said: “The very great majority of experiments present no issues beyond the general use of animals in research and these should proceed under current regulation.

“A limited number of experiments should be permissible subject to scrutiny by the expert body we recommend; and a very limited range should not be undertaken, at least until the potential consequences are more fully understood.”

Peter Saunders, the CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors, expressed his skepticism about any such regulatory body.

“Scientists regulating scientists is worrying because scientists are generally not experts in theology, philosophy and ethics and they often have ideological or financial vested interests in their research. Moreover they do not like to have restrictions placed on their work,” observed Saunders.

In a question and answer session in Parliament led by Lord David Alton following the release of the report, it was revealed that the human-animal hybrid research has stopped due to lack of funding.

“I argued in Parliament against the creation of human-animal hybrids as a matter of principle,” Lord Alton said. “None of the scientists who appeared before us could give us any justification in terms of treatment. At every stage the justification from scientists has been: if only you allow us to do this, we will find cures for every illness known to mankind. This is emotional blackmail.”

“Ethically it can never be justifiable – it discredits us as a country. It is dabbling in the grotesque,” Lord Alton added. “Of the 80 treatments and cures which have come about from stem cells, all have come from adult stem cells, not embryonic ones. On moral and ethical grounds this fails; and on scientific and medical ones too.”

Josephine Quintavalle, of the pro-life group Comment on Reproductive Ethics (Corethics), told the Daily Mail, “I am aghast that this is going on and we didn’t know anything about it. Why have they kept this a secret? If they are proud of what they are doing, why do we need to ask Parliamentary questions for this to come to light?”

“The problem with many scientists is that they want to do things because they want to experiment. That is not a good enough rationale,” Quintavalle concluded.

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In 2009, South Korean scientists have created four glow-in-the-dark beagles using cloning techniques that they say could help them develop cures for human diseases.

Vaccines and autism: a new scientific review

Posted in Aborted Baby Body Parts, Vaccinations with tags , , , , , , on April 2, 2011 by saynsumthn

3/31/2011 CBS

For all those who’ve declared the autism-vaccine debate over – a new scientific review begs to differ. It considers a host of peer-reviewed, published theories that show possible connections between vaccines and autism.

The article in the Journal of Immunotoxicology is entitled “Theoretical aspects of autism: Causes–A review.” The author is Helen Ratajczak, surprisingly herself a former senior scientist at a pharmaceutical firm. Ratajczak did what nobody else apparently has bothered to do: she reviewed the body of published science since autism was first described in 1943. Not just one theory suggested by research such as the role of MMR shots, or the mercury preservative thimerosal; but all of them.

Ratajczak’s article states, in part, that “Documented causes of autism include genetic mutations and/or deletions, viral infections, and encephalitis [brain damage] following vaccination [emphasis added]. Therefore, autism is the result of genetic defects and/or inflammation of the brain.”

The article goes on to discuss many potential vaccine-related culprits, including the increasing number of vaccines given in a short period of time. “What I have published is highly concentrated on hypersensitivity, Ratajczak told us in an interview, “the body’s immune system being thrown out of balance.”

University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Brian Strom, who has served on Institute of Medicine panels advising the government on vaccine safety says the prevailing medical opinion is that vaccines are scientifically linked to encephalopathy (brain damage), but not scientifically linked to autism. As for Ratajczak’s review, he told us he doesn’t find it remarkable. “This is a review of theories. Science is based on facts. To draw conclusions on effects of an exposure on people, you need data on people. The data on people do not support that there is a relationship. As such, any speculation about an explanation for a (non-existing) relationship is irrelevant.”

Ratajczak also looks at a factor that hasn’t been widely discussed: human DNA contained in vaccines. That’s right, human DNA. Ratajczak reports that about the same time vaccine makers took most thimerosal out of most vaccines (with the exception of flu shots which still widely contain thimerosal), they began making some vaccines using human tissue. Ratajczak says human tissue is currently used in 23 vaccines. She discusses the increase in autism incidences corresponding with the introduction of human DNA to MMR vaccine, and suggests the two could be linked. Ratajczak also says an additional increased spike in autism occurred in 1995 when chicken pox vaccine was grown in human fetal tissue.

Why could human DNA potentially cause brain damage? The way Ratajczak explained it to me: “Because it’s human DNA and recipients are humans, there’s homologous recombinaltion tiniker. That DNA is incorporated into the host DNA. Now it’s changed, altered self and body kills it. Where is this most expressed? The neurons of the brain. Now you have body killing the brain cells and it’s an ongoing inflammation. It doesn’t stop, it continues through the life of that individual.”

Dr. Strom said he was unaware that human DNA was contained in vaccines but told us, “It does not matter…Even if human DNA were then found in vaccines, it does not mean that they cause autism.” Ratajczak agrees that nobody has proven DNA causes autism; but argues nobody has shown the opposite, and scientifically, the case is still open.

A number of independent scientists have said they’ve been subjected to orchestrated campaigns to discredit them when their research exposed vaccine safety issues, especially if it veered into the topic of autism. We asked Ratajczak how she came to research the controversial topic. She told us that for years while working in the pharmaceutical industry, she was restricted as to what she was allowed to publish. “I’m retired now,” she told CBS News. “I can write what I want.”

We wanted to see if the CDC wished to challenge Ratajczak’s review, since many government officials and scientists have implied that theories linking vaccines to autism have been disproven, and Ratajczak states that research shows otherwise. CDC officials told us that “comprehensive review by CDC…would take quite a bit of time.” In the meantime, CDC provided these links:

Interagency Autism Coordination Committee: http://iacc.hhs.gov

Overview of all CDC surveillance and epi work: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/research.html

Eugenic experiments at Seattle University get a bit squirrely

Posted in DNA, Eugenics, Frankenstein with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2010 by saynsumthn

Biology Department calls squirrel eugenics project ‘a huge success’
By Matthew Martell
Published: April 1, 2010

Chuck is the first of a series of genetically enhanced “super-squirrels” to emerge from the Biology Department’s SQUEEX project. Garrett Mukai | The Spectator
After six months of field research and laboratory work, a group of Seattle University biology majors announced Monday that their on-campus squirrel eugenics project has produced a successful prototype specimen.

The project–code named “SQUEEX” (SQUirrel Eugenic Enhancement Experiment)–was first proposed in May 2009 by a group of biology majors and was spearheaded by junior Marc Massey.

“When I first moved to Campion as a freshman, I was struck by the number of tamiasciurus douglasii living around the building,” Massey said. “I looked at my roommate and said, ‘Wow, this is squirrel Eden!’”

Squirrel populations have long been stable and healthy in Seattle, but according to Massey, the focus of SQUEEX goes beyond merely monitoring and controlling the number of squirrels on campus.

“Squirrels have plenty of food in an urban area like Capitol Hill, but they also face dozens of different types of predators in such an environment,” Massey said. “All over and around campus, there are so many threats the squirrels have to face everyday. There are raccoons, Seattle Police segways, fashionistas looking for alternative ways to add furs to their wardrobes, drunk dodgeballers–it’s hard out there for a squirrel!”

Observing the squirrels’ interactions with these predators, Massey and the SQUEEX team wanted to give their fine-furred friends some added protection against their natural enemies in the Emerald City.

“We knew squirrel populations were at risk of a drastic decrease thanks to their small size and adorable little cheeks, so we decided to develop a eugenics program to provide them with an urban advantage,” said Lindsay Gossack, senior biology, chemistry and Spanish major. “So we made a list of traits we figured would help the squirrels continue to flourish on capitol hill: super strength, lightning speed, even more adorable cheeks.”

The team’s work toward creating powered up SQUEEX squirrels began in October, when Massey was dispatched to men’s basketball practices to collect genetic material for the prototype litter of squirrels.

“We were talking among ourselves when the project was first starting, trying to figure out what genetic material we could use to really make the SQUEEX squirrels as formidable as possible,” Massey said. “And it came to us: Charles Garcia. He’s by far the strongest man on campus. We knew we needed him.”

Massey offered Charles Garcia, also known as the Belizean Baller, towels at each practice whenever he started to sweat, and would later wring them out into beakers that he would immediately take back to the lab for genetic processing.

Massey estimates it took roughly 70 towel-beaker samples to gather enough DNA for the first SQUEEX specimen, but once enough of the genetic material was collected, the team set to work on cultivating their first super-squirrel, Chuck, named in honor of his genetic forefather.

“We didn’t really know what to expect with Chuck,” Gossack said. “We were all a little worried. None of us had ever bred a test-tube squirrel before, and we weren’t sure how human DNA would mix with squirrel DNA. It was just this crazy period of worrying, like, ‘What if only one of his cheeks is adorable? Or what if he comes out all tattooed and seven feet tall?’”
Fortunately for the SQUEEX team, Chuck was a success. Massey said the birth was unspectacular, but when he fully matured, he was an inch longer, twice as fast, three times stronger and four times more adorable than an unmodified Seattle U squirrel.

“Seeing Chuck for the first time was just a ‘Wow’ kind of experience,” said James Lewers, laboratory manager. “He was at once the most adorable and terrifying squirrel I had ever seen.”

Robert Rutherford, biology professor and faculty adviser for SQUEEX, was just as astonished as Lewers the first time he encountered the full-grown Chuck.
“When Marc first approached me with the SQUEEX idea, I said I’d advise the project and wished him luck, but I wasn’t really expecting anything,” Rutherford said. “But my God, when I saw that adorable little squirrel, I was so proud of my students. Their project is a huge success.”

But even as the Biology Department is hailing SQUEEX as a huge stride forward in the field of squirrology, other members of the Seattle U community are protesting the team’s work, calling it unethical and dangerous.

“They think they’re trying to make positive change in the squirrel world, but did they ever think of the possible ramifications of their actions,” asked Sara Bernert, senior creative writing and theater major and a long-time member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). “Their super-squirrels are going to wipe out their non-super peers. It’s simple Darwinism at work. You would think biology majors would realize that.”

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