Shades of movies like Splice and the Island of Dr. Moreau, scientists create human-animal hybrid embryos apparently for the sole purpose of extracting stem cells from the creatures, or possibly growing replacement organs. In 2010 Ohio State Senator Kris Jordan, a Republican who reps Ohio's 19th district, introduce Senate Bill 94 which would ban the creation of human-animal hybrids and was mocked by some for his efforts. Arizona also passed a similar bill. Meanwhile in the UK:
Scientists have created more than 150 human-animal hybrid embryos in British laboratories.
The hybrids have been produced secretively over the past three years by researchers looking into possible cures for a wide range of diseases.
The revelation comes just a day after a committee of scientists warned of a nightmare ‘Planet of the Apes’ scenario in which work on human-animal creations goes too far.
Last night a campaigner against the excesses of medical research said he was disgusted that scientists were ‘dabbling in the grotesque’.
Figures seen by the Daily Mail show that 155 ‘admixed’ embryos, containing both human and animal genetic material, have been created since the introduction of the 2008 Human Fertilisation Embryology Act.
This legalised the creation of a variety of hybrids, including an animal egg fertilised by a human sperm; ‘cybrids’, in which a human nucleus is implanted into an animal cell; and ‘chimeras’, in which human cells are mixed with animal embryos.
Scientists say the techniques can be used to develop embryonic stem cells which can be used to treat a range of incurable illnesses.
We were told in 2010 that "None of the modern chimeras look like something out of Dr. Moreau's menagerie. They look like normal animals. The difference is on the inside." I guess that is supposed to make us feel comfortable with these new creations, but it doesn't.
‘Ethically it can never be justifiable – it discredits us as a country. It is dabbling in the grotesque.
‘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.
‘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.’ (-- crossbench peer Lord Alton , Daily Mail)
But as happens too often in Sci-Fi movies as well as real life, the scientists will continue this research, but will move from countries where it is outlawed to countries where it is not -- yet. We haven't even touched on how morally, etihcally, religiously wrong this is.