<<< A few months back the NZ scientific council, a form of ethics committee that also controls experiments gave the go ahead for the continuing of an experiment where a small number of cows were impregnated with sperm that had been genetically modified --- with human DNA. The idea behind this experiment was that it was believed that the milk from such offspring would be medically beneficial for Multiple sclerosis sufferers. Previous experiments where the milk had been artificially manipulated gave good grounds for thinking there might be a cure for the disease, or at least a means of holding it in check. Another case of finding the cure without actually knowing the full cause.
Well the Greens found out and have been doing everything they can to stop the experiment, including court action on a technicality that the Sci Comm had not followed exact proper procedure in giving consent. The court ruled that the matter would have to be fully reconsidered by the sci com and the Greens demanded that the six pregnant cows and their soon to be born offspring be immediately destroyed. Well you can imagine how MS sufferers reacted to all this, not to mention the medical fraternity.........
..........The Greens of course are screaming foul and have started new court proceedings, also demanding the Govt. take action to prevent experiments involving any form of cloning or cross culture of genes, especially human ones. Well, like the atom, I guess once you split the first one there’s no turning back.>>>
Are such experiments contrary to the Gospel teachings? If we deny such work then surely we are denying the use of the intellectual gifts God has given to us. An argument often used against such experiments is that they go gainst nature, yet again, surely, the whole progress of mankind, and the development and use of intellect is in truth a natural progression, and, therefore, suchseeking after knowledge is also natural. Another argument is that such experiments lead to the development of events that are to the detriment of mankind. With referrence to the latter, surely all inventions have been used for both good and bad, according to the desires of the user. This is the nature on mankind, and short of total control of thoughts and actions of man, by those who know best for us all, will continue to remain so.
What stand should the Church take in all this?
Jayne (in Aroha, Hope, and Love. ) nz
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