Re: Designer Babies (37921 Suaianne)
- Dear Suzi
I agree with you wholeheartedly about experimentation causing
suffering to animals although I believe not all experiments cause
cruelty and in many cases human volunteers are used. I once
volunteered myself to a laboratory investigating cures for the common
cold but I was rejected as unsuitable.
I remember all too well the tales of the 'Angel of Death', that
infamous doctor Mengele of Auschwitz.
Re: "Medical curiosity is not sufficient reason to harm animals"
I agree and I am firmly against vivisection but I'm fairly sure every
care is taken by the staff of these establishments to prevent cruelty
amounting to torture.The labs in UK are closely monitored by the
animal rights groups.
In my original post on this subject I was more concerned with people
complaining of scientists playing God and the case I quoted had
nothing to do with any harmful experiments to either animals or humans
but was a simple case of genetic engineering.
I have witnessed geckos on the walls of rooms in Malta being held by
their tail by other lizards and pulling away, leaving that appendage
to fall to the floor, after which I was told they can grow another.
A niece and a nephew of mine have both lost the lower parts of one of
their legs due to accidents. They have been fitted with prosthetic
limbs but wouldn't it be great if cloned legs were available to make
them whole again or like the gecko they could re-grow their own lower
I am supremely confident the ingenuity of man will eventually make an
end to all disease and suffering.
--- In email@example.com, "Susan Donahue"
> Dear Wings...I gave this a lot of thought before deciding to reply.
> On the majority of points you discussed, I concur. However, when
> pose the question, "Why, oh why must every advance in medicine byhave
> plagued with opposition from the ethical brigade?" my mind conjures
> up the horror stories of medical experimentations that took place
> during the Third Reich. There are limits to what ethical and moral
> beings can and should do in the name of medical science. I also
> problems with much of the testing done on dogs, monkeys, rabits andto
> even rats and mice. I am not saying that the use of animals in
> research should be banned entirely, but I would hope that high
> ethical standards would be employed before any creature is exposed
> pain and suffering. There would have to be a good case made to meto
> that no other method could produce the desired results. Medical
> curiosity is not sufficient reason to harm animals. When it comes
> human life, the hypocratic oath should be the guide..."First, do noare
> Just my two cents worth,
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "wings081" <wings081@> wrote:
> > Dear Carol and Rod
> > It is an unwritten rule that two subject matters should not be
> > discussed at t2w: Politics and religion, because both of these
> > the major causes of all the unrest in this world. However I trustproject.
> > will allow me to have one more post on the `designer baby'
> > I am forced to agree with many of the points my two good friends
> > raised and I think Rod has hit the nail on the head with: "God
> > us the grey(gray) matter between our ears to use"are
> > Look at the phenomenal advances made by man in our own short
> > In medicine, take as an example that dreaded complaint of Polio.
> > Until Jonas Salik in 1952 and Albert Sabin in 1962 there were
> > hundreds of thousands of sufferers worldwide, whereas now there
> > fewer than one thousand.only
> > One wonders what difference a cure would have made to that four
> > elected great American, FDR crippled from the waist down, if
> > Salik or Sabin had discovered the vaccine earlier.This
> > Whatever your politics you have to give credit where it's due.
> > unique Democrat shook America out of the depression after theWall
> > Street crash by cutting the pay of everyone who worked for thespending
> > government and the armed services by 15% and governmental
> > 25%. He took men and women from the soup kitchen queues and gave
> > hope, working at the Tennessee Valley Development. However, his
> > greatest act for humanity was coming to the aid of Britain and
> > allies in WW2. Had he not been able to persuade his countrymen toYork
> > join the fight against the Nazis, I may now be writing this in
> > or (perish the thought) Japanese.
> > Why, oh why must every advance in medicine by plagued with
> > from the ethical brigade?
> > Let's use that God-given grey matter for the benefit of all.
> > Nothing is impossible to an inventive mind and yet in the New
> > Times of 1851 some idiot wrote:can
> > " There is a crank down in Apalachicola, Florida who claims he
> > make ice as good as God Almighty"to
> > (I can do that these days with my basic refrigerator. )
> > The Boston Post 1865, declared: "Well informed people know it is
> > impossible to transmit the voice over wires and that were it
> > to do so, the thing would be of no practical value"
> > (Excuse me a moment, my phone is ringing again)
> > And what about blood transfusions. We know there are only four
> > groups; A,B,AB or O and if blood is needed for a patient, it has
> > be compatible to his own to have any chance of being accepted bysynthetic
> > body.
> > There has been significant developments in manufacturing
> > blood so we may no longer have to match one of the four groupsfor
> > emergency transfusion. (I can visualise a vampire saying:" Nurse
> > me a bag of that new fangled blood, I'm thirsty". This will save
> > lot of young girls bearing teeth marks on their pretty necks.)than
> > Ethics or not, nothing can stand in the path of progress other
> > man himself.human
> > If we are indeed made in God's image, then let us act like gods.
> > materials are readily available all around us so let's plug into
> > grey matter and sort out this sorry state of affairs in which we
> > currently submerged, select the appropriate tools and get started
> > the future.
> > As always
> > Wings.
> > --- In email@example.com, "Carol" <carol_emt87@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Dear Wings,
> > > Your story both delights and disturbs. The research on the
> > > genome has produced not only dramatic results, but also ethicalis
> > > dilemmas. However, if you can prevent a disease from evolving,
> > > that not the right thing to do? Aren't vaccines used everydayas
> > > ounce of prevention? But....and you know there is at least one.
> > > We now have the technology and advances in science to clone
> > > beings. If the technology exists, it will be used and mostlikely
> > > already has been utilized somewhere under the cloak of secrecy.moral
> > > if these people, because that is what they are, were brought
> > > merely as a science experiment or, heaven forbid, for "spare
> > parts",
> > > then we've created not only an ethical dilemma, but also a
> > onewrote:
> > > as well.
> > > This does not take into account the costs involved. Are these
> > > miracles reserved only for the wealthy? Or can everyone benefit
> > from
> > > disease prevention? More questions....hmmm.....
> > > Carol
> > >
> > > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "wings081" <wings081@>
> > > >before
> > > > There are times when daily news cannot be disregarded and
> > > plus
> > > > story composition is put on hold.
> > > > If my following comments upset any members, I apologise
> > > put
> > > > pen to paper.
> > > > The headlines of my daily paper read: The first British baby
> > > designed
> > > > to be free of breast cancer has been born into an ethical
> > > She
> > > > will grow up without the gene (BRCA1) which has blighted
> > > > generations of her father's family. The article goes on andlast
> > > > about the worrying precedent of man wanting to play God.
> > > > And what pray is so very wrong with that. I was always taught
> > that
> > > > God helps those who help themselves.
> > > > In the Good Book Genesis 1:27 we are told "God created man in
> > > own
> > > > image"
> > > > I'm pretty sure a God of whatever faith would not accept
> > > > imperfection of his image as the norm.
> > > >
> > > > I fervently wish those scientists had been around to save my
> > > > mate as I held her in my arms while she struggled with her
> > > > breath.
> > > > I think that's enough for now before I start on Ron.L.Hubbard
> > > > John Travolta's son
> > > >
> > > > As always
> > > >
> > > > Wings
> > > >
> > >