No Need To Have Sex – Lab Grown Babies Now Exist
Lab-grown babies can now be made by creating embryos from stem cells. This sounds like a dystopian nightmare from a SciFi movie, but it’s real life. The seemingly impossible has come to pass.
Israel has created some incredible scientific advances, and this is one of them. According to the NY Post;
They’ve created a model of a human embryo from stem cells in a lab, without using sperm, eggs, or a womb, offering a unique glimpse into the early stage of embryonic development.
According to the team at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science;
The model resembles an embryo at day fourteen when it acquires internal structures before laying down the foundations for body organs.
Dolly the sheep was the first mammal to be cloned. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, which, believe it or not, still exists online;
Dolly was a female Finn Dorset sheep that lived from 1996 to 2003, the first clone of an adult mammal, produced by British developmental biologist Ian Wilmut and colleagues of the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh, Scotland. The announcement in February 1997 of Dolly’s birth marked a milestone in science, dispelling decades of presumption that adult mammals could not be cloned and igniting a debate concerning the many possible uses and misuses of mammalian cloning technology.
Oddly enough, over forty-five countries, such as France and Germany, have banned cloning, but the United States still hasn’t done so, which leads one to wonder who they’d like to be able to clone. I, for one, do not relish the idea of being trapped in a room with ten cackling Kamala Harris clones.
If you want to read an interesting book to show you what technology like this can be used for, check out Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, an excellent work of fiction that now reads more like a blueprint for the not-too-distant future.
Your lives are set out for you. You’ll become adults, then before you’re old before you’re even middle-aged, you’ll start to donate your vital organs. That’s what each of you was created to do. ~Never Let Me Go by Kazoo Ishiguro
If you’re more into movies, an oldie but goodie is “Gattaca” with Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman and “The Boys From Brazil,” based on the equally good book by Ira Levin, who also wrote The Stepford Wives. One last recommendation is the highly bizarre movie, “Splice,” which shows what a world could look like if we combine human DNA with the DNA of something else. Hello, half man, half horse creature. Maybe those ancient myths were a glimpse into the future.
The idea of cloning a human is mind-boggling, and the implications are terrifying, but creating a lab-grown human is even scarier than the lab-grown chicken the US has approved. We’re entering times where anything is possible. We should all be asking whether we should be doing this.
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