A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to ban human-animal hybrid research. Senators Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) and Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) have introduced in Congress the Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act of 2009 (S. 1435). With 20 co-sponsors of the measure thus far, Landrieu is the only Democrat among that group.
Dr. David Prentice of the Family Research Council tells OneNewsNow many people will fight against the bill. “There are already scientists who are planning and starting experiments to combine human and animal hybrid embryos for experiment,” he notes.
The bill does not affect use of animals or humans in legitimate research, but would ban creation in the laboratory of part-human, part-animal creatures that would blur the line between the species.
Dr. Prentice says scientists that favor hybrid research believe the experiments will cure disease and be important to medical research, but he says even some scientists involved in embryonic stem-cell research say it will result in nothing useful.
“There’s one scientist who wants to make a mouse with a human brain, or others who want to grow human eggs or sperm in mice and rats for experiments,” Prentice adds.
He fears the experiments will make humans less human and claims proponents are trying to “play God.” “We need to channel science into valid and ethical research, and it’s certainly not these human-animal hybrids,” Prentice concludes.
Prentice still supports adult stem-cell research, which has proven useful in treating more than 70 diseases and medical conditions.
Yeah, but they might have a hard time keeping this from the military.
Wouldn’t the Pentagon just love an infinite supply of replacement parts for soldiers injured in the field?
Human-animal hybrids would be the ticket and there’s been stories of cattle mutilations in the Southwest for years.
Dulce, New Mexico anyone?
Does gravity change during a total solar eclipse?
Well, after tomorrow we better ask the Chinese:
…be aware of tomorrow’s total solar eclipse, which gets particular attention because six Chinese teams will be monitoring the event to look for the possibility of anomalous gravitational effects. Does gravity undergo a slight change during a total eclipse? The French physicist Maurice Allais noted unusual behavior in a swinging pendulum back in 1954 during the eclipse that passed over Paris that year. Since then, measurements to pin down what is going on have been inconclusive. A New Scientist story provides more background, as does this NASA page, which details subsequent, often contradictory follow-ups.The first step in this kind of investigation is to find out whether the anomaly actually exists. The six Chinese monitoring sites will include gravimeters and pendulums, and will encompass a large enough area (3000 kilometers between those that are farthest apart) that local changes in weather or problems with instrumentation should be ruled out. If General Relativity is in need of a tweak, these results could provide a clue.
This is the first I’ve heard of this anomaly. Wouldn’t it be great if the Chinese discovered some anomalous effect? Would we have to change Einstein’s General Relativity?
I wonder if it’s because the Sun and the Moon appear to be the same size, thus enabling the total solar eclipse effect to begin with?
Hey Dr. Dale Huffman, are you aware of this study?
Ready for more anomalies?
Here are some ‘ice crystals’ that circled the ISS lately:
So what are they?
Outer space jelly-fish?
Go here for more photos. Then you tell me.