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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiddo View Post
    Weren't they talking awhile ago about creating human/pig hybrids for the purpose of harvesting for organ transplants?

    It's probably totally unrelated, but I do wonder if such a thing is possible, and if it is, then is it ethical?
    Here you go...behold the mactal.

    snopes.com: Human-Pig Hybrid

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke of York View Post
    Here you go...behold the mactal.

    snopes.com: Human-Pig Hybrid
    Wow, someone made a joke about it, well that surely means it will never come true!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    So the bill to allow research in this area passed the first stage in the UK parliament :

    BBC NEWS | Politics | Embryology laws pass first hurdle
    Excellent. Seriously, I don't see what the big deal is about this. It's a 3 day old clump of cells. It's not as if they're putting a human head on a bear or something.

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    i think the main debate (aside from on religious grounds) is that you are using something that could potentially be life.

    i think that if the embryo could feel pain by this stage then its probably not acceptable, but my understanding is that they dont feel pain til some time after 20 weeks.

    so if they dont feel pain then whats all the fuss? it can save peoples lives. the fact that it could become life is irrelevant if they do not have consciousness or feel pain - think of all the sperm that have died to allow one baby to be born. they could all have become life, but they dont feel anything so no one worries about it
    shut up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TBiddy View Post
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    i think that if the embryo could feel pain by this stage then its probably not acceptable, but my understanding is that they dont feel pain til some time after 20 weeks.
    How do they know this? Did they poll them or something?

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    before this time embryos are unresponsive. after 24 weeks or so they show signs of consciousness and they respond to stimuli and even show facial expression (i think)

    the brain neurons link up and brain waves are first detected, which shows pain can be felt and so on.
    shut up.

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