In a creepy parallel to the H.G. Wells’ science fiction novel “The Island of Doctor Moreau”, UK’s public and independent schools have secretly “created more than 150 human-animal hybrid”
From the Daily Mail,
Scientists have created more than 150 human-animal hybrid embryos in British laboratories.
The hybrids have been produced secretively over the past three years by researchers looking into possible cures for a wide range of diseases.
The revelation comes just a day after a committee of scientists warned of a nightmare ‘Planet of the Apes’ scenario in which work on human-animal creations goes too far.
Last night a campaigner against the excesses of medical research said he was disgusted that scientists were ‘dabbling in the grotesque’.
Figures seen by the Daily Mail show that 155 ‘admixed’ embryos, containing both human and animal genetic material, have been created since the introduction of the 2008 Human Fertilisation Embryology Act.
This legalised the creation of a variety of hybrids, including an animal egg fertilised by a human sperm; ‘cybrids’, in which a human nucleus is implanted into an animal cell; and ‘chimeras’, in which human cells are mixed with animal embryos.
Scientists say the techniques can be used to develop embryonic stem cells which can be used to treat a range of incurable illnesses.
Three labs in the UK – at King’s College London, Newcastle University and Warwick University – were granted licences to carry out the research after the Act came into force.
In the H.G. Well’s novel, Dr. Moreau was a scientist who conducted cruel experiments on animals attempting to create sentient beings out of animals
In the movie version (see above), Dr. Moreau embarked on using human DNA in animals to make them more humanlike and regress their animal instincts and make the divine human, free of malice and hatred. [Wikipedia]
In the fictional story, the experiment was conducted by a deranged doctor at a mythical island. In the above, similar experiments are being done by government personnel at legally mandated (public and independent) schools in UK.