September 16, 2012 21:00
At Stanford (USA) scientists to develop methods of production of artificial people. And, while these works are carried out under the guise of humanistic reasoning help infertile couples, it is obvious that they will have a much more global impact.
No wonder the foreign press have appeared headlines like "We do not need the factory people." However, no moral prohibitions can not stop the development of technology. All that remains for us — as soon as possible to develop and adapt the system of values, morals and ethics to new circumstances, writes sunhome.ru
Scientists at Stanford University have published in Nature report on their progress in the development of artificial gametes — sperm and egg cells. The scientists, led by Dr. Renee Pera Reich managed to get the primitive germ cells from embryonic stem cells early. It is emphasized that they are still primitive — nedosformirovannye. However, to get developed — not so much a technology problem as a matter of ethics. How to do it — is understandable. Moreover, the next step — is to get out of sex cells, such as adult skin.
Needless to say, what it offers the prospect? Sterile men can get their own sperm. Sterile women — own eggs. Moreover, nothing prevents women from cells produce sperm and egg cells from the cells of man. Thus, it opens up the possibility of homosexual couples to have their own biological children.
And so what hidden features! Technically, having a piece of the skin of another person, you can make him a common children. And some crazy dictator — who will be able to grow them yourself? Scary to imagine what it might lead to. But better yet imagine — in advance.
"Our goal — to understand how the sperm and egg cells are formed, — said Dr. Pera. — We know next to nothing about the development of human reproductive function, and our studies provide an opportunity to understand the process. It is hoped one day help people who have had no chance to have their own biological children. From 10% to 15% of infertile couples today. And about half of them can not have children, because someone in the pair is not able to form a full egg or sperm. Our research will help you understand what is wrong with these people. "
Several colleagues of Dr. Pera in the U.S. and the UK supported the research, referring to their scientific importance and humanistic message. However, distributed and worried voice. So "InoPressa" is an article from the Italian "La Stampa" with the headline "The factory will lead people to the degradation of humanity." Professor from Los Angeles Remo Bodey shared with "Stump" concerns over the "scientific news, the good when it comes to the treatment of infertility," but the opening "potentially dangerous scenarios." According to Remo Bode, "it is necessary to distinguish science from technology, that is, from the practical application of those things which should reflect, based on ethics and political expediency. The focal point is the birth of a man-made, but the anonymous individuals. It is not just the children of the tube, and the children out of the lab, created on the production line. Thus, man becomes his own creator. "
This is a real production in the lab, said the scientist. And fears that the appearance of the children who have no parents, can cause irreparable damage to civilization.
British «Independent» offers its readers three points "for" and "against" this kind of research.
This opens up new opportunities for sterile couples who have no hope for their own biological children;
even if it will not come up to the creation of artificial gametes, we really make progress in understanding the nature of sterility;
Once homosexual couples can have their own biological children.
These studies are based on work with human embryos and therefore unethical;
it can lead to far-reaching consequences that are unacceptable to the majority;
it is an attempt to correct nature, despite the fact that the world and so suffers from overpopulation.
However, even if 99% of the group will choose the answers "no", it's no difference. "Synthetic people", no doubt, will be the twenty-first century. Yes, as long as they do not come knocking on our door, but actively knocking us in the brain — changing ideas about the possible and the impossible and forcing to think about what a human being.