(7-31-19) Spanish Scientists Create More Chimeras in China

Spanish Scientists Create Human/Monkey Chimeras in China:

“History shows us time and time again that… our ethical and moral standards change and mutate… and what was ethically unacceptable yesterday… is already an essential part of our lives today.”

Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte PhD
(One of Time Magazine’s “50 Most Influential People in Healthcare”)

We humanize the pig through genetic engineering…”

Marc Guell PhD
(expertise: synthetic biology, gene editing, gene therapy, and skin microbiome)

The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

—Orwell
Animal Farm, ch. 10

“The team of researcher Juan Carlos Izpisúa has managed to create human and monkey chimeras for the first time in a laboratory in China, an important step towards their final goal of turning animals of other species into organ factories for transplants…”


[…]

“The Izpisúa group, divided between the Salk Institute of the United States and UCAM, has genetically modified the monkey embryos to inactivate genes essential for the formation of their organs. Scientists have then injected human cells capable of generating any type of tissue. The fruit is a monkey chimera with human cells that has not yet been born, since the researchers have interrupted the gestation.”

[…]

[In 2017, Izpisua’s team carried out] ‘the first experiment in the world of chimeras between humans and pigs,’ though with less success.”

[…]

“Doctor Ángel Raya, the director of the Barcelona Regenerative Medicine Center, explains that experiments with chimeras face ‘ethical barriers.’ ‘What happens if the stem cells escape and form human neurons in the brain of the animal? Would it have consciousness? And what happens if these stem cells turn into sperm cells?’ he asks. Núñez assures that Izpisuá’s research team has created mechanisms ‘so that if human cells migrate to the brain, they will self-destruct.’

[…]

“The first scientific team to create rat and mouse chimeras, in 2010, was that of the Japanese biologist Hiromitsu Nakauchi, from Stanford University (USA). In 2017, his team generated mouse pancreas inside rats and showed that these cells reversed diabetes when they were transplanted back into mice with the disease…. “IN TIME WE WILL NEED TO CARRY THE PREGNANCIES TO TERM,” [Nakauchi said].

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“Other scientists, such as chemist Marc Güell, are exploring other avenues, with a similar goal: to solve the shortage of transplantable organs. Almost all mammals have viruses in their DNA that are passed from parents to children. In pigs, these viruses embedded in the genome can infect human cells. Four years ago, when he was at Harvard University, Güell helped inactivate those viruses embedded in DNA thanks to the CRISPR gene editing tool. ‘We humanize the pig through genetic engineering,’ explains the chemist, who recalls that last year a team from the University of Munich managed to get two monkeys to survive more than six months transplanted.”

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“Izpisúa himself invited to open his mind in an interview with this newspaper in 2017: ‘History shows us time and time again that, over time, our ethical and moral standards change and mutate, like our DNA, and what was ethically unacceptable yesterday, if this really represents an advance for the progress of humanity, it is already an essential part of our lives today.'”

elpais.com

—-Salt—-

“Man is the only real enemy we have… Never listen when they tell you that Man and the animals have a common interest, that the prosperity of the one is the prosperity of the others. It is all lies. Man serves the interests of no creature except himself.”

—- Orwell,
Animal Farm, ch. 1

“We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare.”

—- Orwell,
Farm, ch. 3

“ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS… The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

—Orwell
Farm, ch. 10

“These men are like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be captured and destroyed. They blaspheme in matters they do not understand, and like such creatures, they too will be destroyed… These proverbs are true about them: ‘A dog will go back to lick up its own vomit,’ and, ‘A washed pig will roll in the mud again.’” 

2 Peter 2: 12, 22

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