GM Human-Hybrids Future Market for Organs, Babies, Pharma

July 27, 2011

Scientists have hoped for decades that developments in genetic research could lead to biotech applications. Now, human-animal hybrids and transgenic clones are paving the way for organ harvesting and artificially-created human life. But what are the ethics behind this new technology? A biotech culture of ‘pharming’ has also emerged where cloned animals with inserted cross-species genes are used to produce everything from a GMO-version of human-like bovine milk, to pharmaceutical drugs, to spider-silk bred in goats and glow-in-the-dark puppies, kittens and mice made translucent by the application of jellyfish genes.
Are there any safeguards or ethics in place to slow abuses of this emerging technology? And how long has science been developing cloning technology? Is it longer than we have been led to believe?

The technology promises to aid infertile couples even as global fertility plummets. It gives hope for those in need of organ transplants. It gives the potential for efficient industrial production of synthesized drugs and enhanced food products. But is it safe? Who is watching? And have we unleashed Pandora’s Box?

Control over the Transgenic human-animal hybrid pose lucrative possibilities for new monopolies based on gene-patents for life, but it also threatens the integrity of the genetic code of life. GMO crops like soy have caused infertility and cancer in lab mice, much of which did not show expression until the second or third generation. If these devastating “side effects” show up in humans, it could take generations to understand or mitigate. Scientists from Purdue University concluded more than a decade ago that GM Salmon could cause the extinction of wild salmon populations within just 40 generations, yet this Frankenfish is poised to enter the global market place and your dinner table.


LIFE Magazine – Control of Life: Audacious Experiments Promise Decades of Added Life, Superbabies with Improved Minds and Bodies and Even a Kind of Immortality (September 10, 1965)

150 human animal hybrids grown in UK labs: Embryos have been produced secretively for the past three years

We have created human-animal embryos already, say British team (April 2, 2008)

Human-rabbit clone announced and no noses twitch


Pigs could grow human organs in stem cell breakthrough which could solve organ shortage

Scientists Prepare To Clone a Human; Experiment Aims to Help Infertile Couples

Artificial liver ‘could be grown’

GM goat spins web based future


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One Response to GM Human-Hybrids Future Market for Organs, Babies, Pharma

  1. Kids are fascinated with babies. They love to touch them, beg to hold them, and enjoy looking at them, so I think they will really love this week’s baby/preschooler pick. Global Babies is a board book that features 17 beautiful photographs of babies around the world. Gorgeous babies from Thailand, Mali, the United States, Afghanistan, and more are dressed in customary clothing and show their distinct personalities. For example, the baby from Fiji sits on its knees with its hands behind its head just grinning at the camera, and a baby with large, glowing eyes from Rwanda peeks out from the multi-colored wrap that holds it close to its mother.

    The text itself is one sentence that spans across the book, demonstrating what all babies have in common, regardless of where they’re from.

    Young children will be captivated by the photographs of all the babies in the book, and older preschoolers may be inspired to learn more about the different countries represented in the book. I can think of a number of expansion activities to teach children more about geography, different, cultures, and more.

    In a simple, approachable format Global Babies helps children develop an appreciation for diversity and teaches us that despite all of our differences, we are all the same.

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