Oingo Boingo’s song Weird Science is profound when you think of today’s biotech revolution! Listen to one stanza.
Bits of my creation – is it real? It’s my creation – I do not know
No hesitation – no heart of gold
Just flesh and blood – I do not know
Today’s debate over the formation of animal/human chimeras is creating quite a stir.
Pigs with human blood flowing through their veins at the University of Minnesota. Mice with human brain cells at Stanford University. Check out the mouse with the human ear. Weird Science!
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.
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