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Stem cell experts seek rabbit-human embryo
The Guardian ^ | 01/13/06 | Ian Sample

Posted on 01/12/2006 9:48:47 PM PST by Dichroic

British scientists are seeking permission to create hybrid embryos in the lab by fusing human cells with rabbit eggs. If granted consent, the team will use the embryos to produce stem cells that carry genetic defects, in the hope that studying them will help understand the complex mechanisms behind incurable human diseases.

The proposal drew strong criticism from opponents to embryo research who yesterday challenged the ethics of the research and branded the work repugnant.

Plans for the experiments have been put forward by Professor Chris Shaw, a neurologist and expert in motor neurone disease at King's College London, and Professor Ian Wilmut, the Edinburgh University-based creator of Dolly the sheep, as a way of overcoming the shortage of fresh human eggs available for research.

"The fertility of rabbits is legendary," said Prof Shaw. "The most important thing is that with animal eggs, we have a much better chance of generating stem cells and if we wait for human eggs, it's going to be maybe a decade before we can do this. If we can use animal eggs, we could maybe have stem cells within one or two years," he added.

Scientists use eggs in research to create cloned embryos, from which they harvest stem cells. By producing stem cells that carry the genetic defects of diseases, researchers believe they will be able to unravel how a cell's molecular machinery goes wrong, potentially leading to new cures for disease. But the research is progressing slowly, hampered by a severe shortage of "spare" eggs donated by couples undergoing fertility treatment.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: becausewecould; bravenewworld; chimera; cloning; embryonic; frankenstein; hybrid; nightmare; slipperyslope; stemcells; weirdscience
Pardon me, I think I just threw up in my mouth a bit
1 posted on 01/12/2006 9:48:49 PM PST by Dichroic
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To: Dichroic

No thanks. We already have people who rut like bunnies. One of them actually became president.


2 posted on 01/12/2006 9:50:10 PM PST by RichInOC (Bill Clinton lives his life doggie style.)
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To: Coleus; NYer; narses; little jeremiah; thompsonsjkc; odoso; animoveritas; mercygrace; ...

Embryonic stem cell/hybrid/chimera ping.


3 posted on 01/12/2006 9:51:10 PM PST by Dichroic
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To: Dichroic
will use the embryos to produce stem cells that carry genetic defects,

Yeah, that's it. Frankenstein Returns

4 posted on 01/12/2006 9:55:24 PM PST by tubebender (Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else...)
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To: tubebender
Josephine Quintavalle of the lobby group Comment on Reproductive Ethics said: "There is a lot of innate wisdom in the yuk factor, or repugnance as it is also known.

My question is: what will they actually create? It is simplistic or deliberately deceptive to say they are simply making stem cells.

In order to obtain stem cells they surely have to go through the blastocyst stage; they have to create a 'something' from which to derive the new cells. What is this something? It must be human to be of any use to researchers

5 posted on 01/12/2006 9:57:11 PM PST by Dichroic
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Good Lord, this is almost as bad as what they were doing in the movie, The Island..cuz I get the feeling that's where all this is heading.
6 posted on 01/12/2006 9:58:46 PM PST by sockmonkey
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To: Dichroic

Eh, what's up Doc?


7 posted on 01/12/2006 10:01:56 PM PST by NorseWood
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To: Dichroic

Where's that photo of Kerry?


8 posted on 01/12/2006 10:02:44 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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To: sockmonkey

Centaurs, Minotaurs and Cyclops..oh my


9 posted on 01/12/2006 10:04:12 PM PST by Windsong (Jesus Saves, but Buddha makes incremental backups)
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To: Jeff Chandler
I figured this would come up :-)


10 posted on 01/12/2006 10:10:10 PM PST by WestVirginiaRebel (The Democratic Party-Jackass symbol, jackass leaders, jackass supporters.)
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To: Dichroic

The world is going to hell in a handbasket quickly


11 posted on 01/12/2006 10:15:30 PM PST by vrwc0915 ("Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants,)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

Thank you.


12 posted on 01/12/2006 10:30:48 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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To: Dichroic

Don't miss the Rat Monster


13 posted on 01/12/2006 11:29:14 PM PST by Nick Danger (www.vvlf.org)
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To: sockmonkey
Good Lord, this is almost as bad as what they were doing in the movie, The Island..>>>>

Thats the exact same thing that popped into my head too.

14 posted on 01/13/2006 12:04:45 AM PST by Dichroic
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To: Dichroic

I have a better idea. Take a bunny and expose it to high doses of radiation. Then have it bite you repeatedly so you'll get super bunny powers.


15 posted on 01/13/2006 12:08:09 AM PST by Shaun_MD (Peace isn't pretty and freedom isn't free)
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What maroons!


16 posted on 01/13/2006 12:19:03 AM PST by my_pointy_head_is_sharp
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To: Dichroic
Another article on this, from the Daily Telegraph:

Stem cell researchers plan to create rabbit-human embryos
17 posted on 01/13/2006 4:18:14 AM PST by Mike Fieschko
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To: Dichroic

Science get weirder by the minute


18 posted on 01/13/2006 8:56:29 AM PST by Kaslin
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