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Human rights for a chimera?

As scientists conduct more transgenic experiments such as those combining human DNA with animal, it's likely a chimera or human hybrid will be created with the possibility that such a pairing would have increased awareness or sentience (think Planet of the Apes) even with or without the ability to vocalize in a human way.

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Transgenic drugs

Scientists have used transgenics (that is removing genetic material from one species and adding it to another) to create vaccines.  In one very good example, they introduced a human protein into a banana, potato and other plants to create an edible version of the vaccine that treats cholera. 

A similar event happened when they introduced human DNA into tobacco plants to create a flu vaccine.

This cross breeding of human to plant DNA has benefited human kind. 

Although we regularly eat plant based foods, is there risk for medicines created in this way?  

Triplets born five years apart

 

In 2008, Nichole Brightly underwent IVF treatment.  Two of the fertilized eggs produced were implanted, resulting in  twin boys Daniel and James.

The remaining embryo was frozen and later implanted in her womb and in 2013, the remaining triplet Elizabeth was born.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2555192/Triplets-born-FIVE-YEARS...

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First Organism Made with Artificial DNA

Hot off the press! This is HUGE, people!

 

Researchers for the first time created microbes containing artificial DNA, expanding the universal genetic code that guides life. The advance one day could lead to new antibiotics, vaccines and other medical products not possible with today's bioscience.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/05/08/scientists-create-organism-usin...

Cloning a Wooly Mammoth

We might be a lot closer to cloning an ancient animal than previously thought. Jurassic Park, here we come!

Can we clone wooly mammoths?

http://news.yahoo.com/mammoth-fragments-siberia-raise-cloning-hopes-165221958.html

New York wants to know you...personally

New York state wants to get to know all about you. They want to know about your race, ancestry, diseases, everything. They want to know if you have the makings of a hardened criminal, and they're going to great lengths to find out.

Under a new law, New York would have the power to collect DNA from nearly every criminal, whether a murderer or a child operating a lemonade stand without a license.

Of course this is under the guise of making us all safer, but once they have your DNA, there are plenty if sinister ways they can abuse it.

July is Cord Blood Awareness Month

You would think the fact that stem cells from the umbillical cord blood of a newborn can be used to treat numerous diseases would encourage more parents to save the cord blood of their newborn children. Yet, only 2% of babies born in America have their cord blood saved.

Many advocates claim that the benefits of saving cord blood far outweigh the risks.

Some of the diseases cord blood is used to treat are:

  

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