Thursday, January 27, 2005

Animal-Human Hybrids Spark Controversy

FACT: According to National Geographic, "Scientists have begun blurring the line between human and animal by producing chimeras, a hybrid creature that's part human, part animal."

FICTION (?): "According to Costello's account, genetic experiments were carried out on a variety of life forms (including fish, birds, mice, seals and humans) on level six - or "Nightmare Hall" as it was known. The products of these experiments were also stored on level six - lined up in tanks containing multi-limbed humans and also a number of cages lodging tall, humanoid, bat-like creatures." -thewhyfiles | Also see: ufoinfo

FACT: "Chinese scientists at the Shanghai Second Medical University in 2003 successfully fused human cells with rabbit eggs. The embryos were reportedly the first human-animal chimeras successfully created. They were allowed to develop for several days in a laboratory dish before the scientists destroyed the embryos to harvest their stem cells. In Minnesota last year researchers at the Mayo Clinic created pigs with human blood flowing through their bodies. And at Stanford University in California an experiment might be done later this year to create mice with human brains. Scientists feel that, the more humanlike the animal, the better research model it makes for testing drugs or possibly growing "spare parts," such as livers, to transplant into humans. "

Xenotransplantation is the growing of human parts in other animals (pigs, for example) and the harvesting of animal-grown organs for human use. This can be disasterous because you can transfer new diseases to our species. Besides, growing human brains in mice is cruel, gross and unnatural. I'm against it. But, like it or not, thanks to human nature, everything will be attempted. Have secret labs been growing part-human creatures for years, perhaps attempting create super fighters? Consider the Mothman story: Escaped experimental creature? That seems so very unlikely... but today scientists are successfully producing creatures that are part-human. Fiction blurs into fact.