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Non-human embryos

So it turns out there's a way to "trick" an unfertilized human egg into turning into an embryo without a sperm. Granted, the embryo won't get past the initial stages without the necessary chromosomes found only in sperm, but the embryo is proved to be able to grow into neurons. This is HUGE.

They've found a way to harvest embryos that even the most fairly somewhat sort of unintelligent people will not be able to convince themselves it is alive. Or maybe I'm underestimating the denial capacity of stupid people.

Let's face it. It won't be long until we're able to synthesize the organic compounds required to produce life using nanotechnology, proving that life was not a miracle but just a simple chain of chemical reactions.



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Jul. 12th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
I wonder what impacts this will have on stem cell research, ultimately.

I mean ... If life begins at conception (which is bullshit, but whatever), this thing can't be alive. There's no real conception.

Technology rules.
Jul. 12th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, the English language supports the claim that life begins at conception because conception is defined as "the beginning of life." But that's another rant.

I can't wait until we have a president that won't abuse his veto power to further his own personal values that don't reflect a majority of the population/congressmen.
Jul. 12th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
But then you're wasting eggs that should have a chance to be fertilized by some sacred sperm! ;-)

In all seriousness, I can see some people objecting not to what they view as loss of life but to a process that circumvents what they see as the natural order of things.

People are weird about reproduction. Period. Yes, it's irrational, but it may be part of our animal natures. An instinctual impulse to spread our genetic code around, rooted in those base chemical reactions you cited.
Jul. 12th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
At least MOST people have come around on the "every sperm is sacred" idiocy that hindered the development of contraceptives.
Jul. 12th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
This was always funny to me.

"Sperm are sacred, so let's talk bad about contraceptives."

Is the egg not equally as sacred? Why weren't they trying to stop menstrual cycles?
Jul. 12th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
There is no doubt that you underestimate the idiocy of people.
Jul. 12th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
I may have misspoken (I edited and corrected myself). But I am way too cynical for there to be any truth to that claim.
Jul. 12th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
"... proving that life was not a miracle but just a simple chain of chemical reactions."

I'd hardly call such a chain of chemical reactions "simple".
Jul. 12th, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
There are 13 definitions of simple as an adjective. I was referring to: simple: Ordinary or common.
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