Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Stop Human-Animal Hybrids


The State of the Union was lackluster and way too long. I read on Kos that Karl Rove's originally programmed President Bush to only speak for 45 minutes. Dick Cheney is to blame for not sending electrical shocks to Bushie when he went over. As boring as it was, it sure beat an hour of Geena Davis in Commander in Chief.

My wife and I decided to drink a few glasses of wine to take the edge off of watching the State of the Union. Through the haze of Merlot, I did note that Bush took shots at the practice of "defeatism"; which I find amusing the media went ahead and assumed he meant "democrats". There goes the right-wing mainstream media again.

Only one thing that Bush said last night that stuck with my wife and I was the bit on human-animal hybrids, mind you we were drinking wine:

Tonight I ask you to pass legislation to prohibit the most egregious abuses of medical research: human cloning in all its forms, creating or implanting embryos for experiments, creating human-animal hybrids, and buying, selling, or patenting human embryos. Human life is a gift from our Creator -- and that gift should never be discarded, devalued or put up for sale. (applause)
Interested in the prospect of hybrids made from someone other than Honda and Ford, we looked up human-animal hybrids and found out that, in China, they had produced "chimeras". These were produced by mixing human cells with rabbit eggs. While the cells were killed off once the stem cells were harvested, it entails way to many ethical issues to be discussed on this lame site.

While it appears that some hybrids may be used for good (ie - Jack Bauer), the mistakes could lead to far-reaching consequences (Ted Kennedy).



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Text of the 2006 State of the Union
More on Human-animal hybrids