This research and breakthrough in understanding a part of embryonic development pulls back a bit of the veil on the creation of life. While it may lead to helpful technology for embryonic repair and development, there are always dangers that accompany any kind of science that pushes humans further into a “god” role in science and human life. The synthetic embryo researchers at Cambridge created was made from the cells of a mouse but geared toward the purpose of aiding in human development further down the road. The experiments will allow researchers to manipulate genes which could lend a greater understanding of how genetics and beings are formed. “Our model does not have to implant to develop, so it remains completely visible to us, allowing us to see the embryo’s progression through that developmental stage. This accessibility allows us to manipulate genes to understand their developmental roles in a model experimental system,” Zernicka-Goetz said, according to the university. Presumably, this means that further down the road, researchers could learn to manipulate genes in human development. This could lead to the elimination of diseases and genetic conditions and ailments. While that seems like a positive advance in science, there is still so little known that dangers abound. Scientists may be able to play God and eliminate some genetic issues, but there is no telling what other complications such manipulation could bring. Since humans are not gods, no matter how advanced science and research are, scientists do not have the omniscience to predict what the consequences or complications of such developments can bring, especially once applied to the human body. Of course, there is a natural risk to all science and biotechnological development. That doesn’t mean researchers should stop trying to advance science and medicine. But research directly tied to the creation of life itself is a higher-stakes game and questions about the ethics behind it should not be lightly dismissed in the name of scientific advancement. By creating a “synthetic embryo,” even the “embryo” of a mouse, the University of Cambridge scientists have opened the floodgates. We can only hope, and pray, the rest of us don’t drown in the consequences. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
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