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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What’s wrong with Humanized Mice, Pig Men and Humanzees?

Prophecy Sign:  Increased knowledge - Genetic alteration/manipulation

Mankind now has the ability to mess with the building blocks of life, DNA.  The possibility of mixing the DNA from human beings with the DNA from some other creature is no longer the stuff of science fiction but is now science fact.  How much longer will God allow this to continue on? There is a reason we were told to look in comparison to the days of Noah and the time when Christ would return.  At that time, the Watchers, or fallen Angels were corrupting the creation of God by blending the species together and creating an abomination of evil entities, (the stuff of legends). Now once again the same thing is at the doorstep of the scientific world.

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Matthew 24:37 NIV

The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. Genesis 6:11-12 KJV

What’s wrong with Humanized Mice, Pig Men and Humanzees?
Scientists are creating human-animal chimeras at several laboratories throughout the U.S., despite a ban against federal funding of the controversial research. An article last month in MIT Technology Review revealed that the work, directed at growing human organs for transplantation inside livestock, has resulted in human cells being injected into early animal embryos that have been gestated in sheep and pigs. Based on interviews with members of three research teams in California and Minnesota, and presentations by scientists at a National Institutes of Health “workshop” on the subject in Maryland in November, the MIT article reported that about 20 human-animal chimeras have been transplanted into female livestock in the U.S. during the past year, although none of the research is published, and none of the gestating embryos were delivered. The prospect of lab-generated animal-human creatures raises a new quagmire of troubling ethical questions, especially as powerful new CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technologies have developed, which push the possibilities for intermingling species to new boundaries. 

New technology set to revolutionize genetic modification
CRISPR is on its way to revolutionizing biology by changing the way scientists alter genes. In its natural setting, the CRISPR is found in bacteria and functions as a primitive bacterial immune system to protect against viruses. Scientists are able to harness this system to genetically modify all sorts of other organisms, including plants, animals and insects.
There is also a growing ethical concern regarding the use of CRISPR to alter human genomes. The promises of the genetic age have not been fully realized be-cause of the inability to actually change the genetic code in a precise, cheap and fast way. With that technological barrier removed, scientists must now learn how to apply it to their own interests. The sky may be the limit for how this can be done. Designer cattle are not far off. But now that we can, it begs the question: should we? 

The Greater Good: Genetic Research on Human Embryos

Pope didn’t endorse animal/human hybrids, but expert says ‘We can talk’
In a recent interview with Scientific American, a Spanish biologist named Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte at the California-based Salk Institute claimed that Pope Francis had given an ethical thumbs-up to research on animal/human genetic hybrids. After that report made the rounds, the Vatican issued a swift denial: “It’s absolutely unfounded that Pope Francis has pronounced himself with an encouragement for this type of research,” the Rev. Federico Lombardi told the Italian news outlet Il Sismografo.

Drones that 'think' like humans could be heading for war zones
The Pentagon is funding research to develop a microchip that not only promises brain-like artificial intelligence, it is small enough to fit inside a wide range of mobile devices. Known as 'Eyeriss', the palm-sized processor has a staggering 168 cores and is based on 'neural networks' that are modelled on the human brain. By comparison, processing chips used in a wide variety of smartphones typically have quad cores. This technology could make its way onto the battlefield in the form of drones or robots that could conduct their own learning in real-time, without the need for human analysis. 

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