Endless possibilities for genetic engineering, environmental ameliorations, drug development…

Semi-synthetic organisms

Reginald Davey | updated Nov 27 2019 | News-Medical.net

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As a society, we face various issues in the modern world. Synthetic biology is an emerging field that is attempting to address these problems at the genetic level, and researchers in this field are pushing the boundaries of which proteins and processes can be developed and utilized.

One of the latest pieces of research to be undertaken is the invention of semi-synthetic organisms. But what is a semi-synthetic organism?

A semi-synthetic organism is a genetically modified organism (usually a bacterium such as E. Coli), which has had unnatural genetic information inserted into its genome. Read more...

Brainy Rodents

Rodents with human smarts

Gizmodo.com | George Dvorsky | 10/03/19

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Rapid progress in research involving miniature human brains grown in a dish has led to a host of ethical concerns, particularly when these human brain cells are transplanted into nonhuman animals. A new paper evaluates the potential risks of creating “humanized” animals, while providing a pathway for scientists to move forward in this important area…

The use of brain organoids in this way is largely uncontroversial, but recent research involving the transplantation of human brain cells into rodent brains is leading to some serious ethical concerns, specifically the claim that scientists are creating part-human animals…

The concern, of course, is that the human neural cells, when transplanted into a nonhuman animal, say a mouse or rat, will somehow endow the creature with human-like traits, such as greater intelligence, more complex emotions, and so on. The question emerges as to whether such an animal deserves higher moral consideration, and by consequence, a different set of rules in terms of what’s permissible in an experimental setting. Read more...

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...and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind ... the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind ...the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. -Genesis 1

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