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15th June 2007 (Updated 22nd June 07)

THE STEM CELL ISSUE


Scientists are pushing the boundaries everyday because they are always looking for the next challenge. But when is it best to leave well alone and consider the methods of others outside their field?

Welcome to the breakthrough of the stem cell - a cell capable of becoming any type of tissue. It's revolutionizing medical & surgical treatments in the developed world.

But did you know the difference between adult, embryonic and hybrid stem cell research? Adult Stem cell research has been shown to be entirely ethical & of proven benefit.

But is there is any scientific evidence for using other forms of stem cell research apart from the adult one?

This video looks at the ethics of embryonic stem cell research as opposed to adult stem cell treatment. An interview with Dr. Andrew Fergusson of the Christian Medical Fellowship  (http://www.cmf.org.uk) hosted by Howard Conder of Revelation tv.


A very educational video on this scientific issue.

http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=-8420999028498082622

See today's BBC report below which is pushing the limits about our human/animal genetic boundaries.

The ancient book of Jasher (part of the Old Testament Apocrypha. Referred to in Joshua 10:13, 2 Sam 1:18. The 1840 edition by J.H Parry is truer to the Orthodox Old testament text than any other "versions" which have been found to be forgeries) -- has something to say about this in its Genesis account:

Jasher Chapter 4: 18 -19

18. And their judges and rulers went to the daughters of men and took their wives by force from their husbands according to their choice, and the sons of men in those days took from the cattle of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order therewith to provoke the Lord; and God saw the whole earth and it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon earth, all men and all animals.

19. And the Lord said, I will blot out man that I created from the face of the earth, yea from man to the birds of the air, together with cattle and beasts that are in the field for I repent that I made them.

Is this Genesis all over again?
Our Lord will not destroy the earth in a flood again, but what will be its end if such things start again?

T

18th Nov 07 - A little good news - BBC report




Human-animal embryo tests 'vital'

BBC NEWS
17th June 2007

Medical research using hybrid embryos that are a mixture of human and animal is "vital" in the fight against disease, scientists have said.

The Academy of Medical Sciences said it backed the draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill allowing embryos that were 99.9% human and 0.1% animal.

Under plans, it would be illegal for embryos to grow for more than 14 days.

The report says that, in the future, the "true" hybrids - containing more animal DNA - may be vital for research.

The government's draft Bill, published last month, represented a U-turn on previous proposals to ban the use of hybrid embryos.

It is now being scrutinised by MPs and peers.

The academy's Martin Bobrow said research on hybrid embryos should be subject to the same rules as research on human embryos.

They include the 14-day rule and a ban on reimplanting embryos into a woman or animal.

"There are no substantive ethical or moral reasons not to proceed with research on human embryos containing animal material under the same framework of regulatory control," he said.

There were currently no scientific reasons to create true hybrid embryos, Mr Bobrow added.

"However, given the speed of this field of research, the working group could not rule out the emergence of scientifically valid reasons in the future."

Animal welfare

The report also calls for a rethink of how the area is regulated.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority currently regulates human embryos.

But the Home Office regulates the creation of animals that have been genetically modified with human genes.

The Home Office's paramount concern is animal welfare - rather than ethics or human safety.

The academy has called for a more joined up approach to ensure that any potential problems can be foreseen and averted.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6760707.stm