Scientists have revealed that they have managed to make a hybrid of a human and animal in the lab. These creatures are called chimera. Scientists said that the success of this project proves that the cell of a human being can be introduced into an organism that is non-human. This creature can survive and go on to grow in a host animal, which in this instance is a pig.
Researchers from the Salk Institute said that they have made a chimera, an organism that is able to contain cells that came from two separate species. In the past, this is something that has been out of the reach of scientists.
Basically, there are two different ways to make a hybrid. The first way relies on introducing organs from one animal to another, but the immune system of the host usually rejects the organ. The other way starts at the embryonic level when one of the cells of one animal is introduced to the embryo of the other, and they then fuse and grow into the hybrid.
What are the benefits and risks associated with genetic engineering? There are many beneficial applications associated with genetic engineering. It could help find a solution to the shortage of donor organs, which is now at a critical level. Every 10 minutes someone is put on the national waiting list to have an organ transplant. Everyday 22 people, who are waiting on the list, pass away; because they cannot get the organ they need. This poses the question of what if people did not have to rely on the death of another as organs could be grown inside a host animal.
The technology of genetic engineering has also many frightening possibilities. This technology involves tinkering with and redesigning a new gene which could have a harmful effect on humans. This brings into focus a much more frightening aspect of this research. Would it pave the way for the notion of designer genes wherein people start to order specific versions of genes in order to design an ideal child? This research should not be left solely in the hands of the scientific community and politicians; because through evil motives, this technology could lead to creating sub-humans.
To help guide our decision on whether genetic engineering is right or wrong, we should ask which new genes are being created and for what purpose. This new technology is neither evil nor good in and of itself. The bottom line is how is it going to be used.
The Bible says that God made man to be stewards of His creation and to have dominion over it. “And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Gen. 1:22). This command to be stewards of His creation does not allow us to pick and choose which parts of creation we have dominion over, and thus includes the obligations involved in being good stewards of genetic engineering.
If you liken genetic engineering to fire, both would have many useful purposes. Also, both could have evil purposes in the hands of a careless or evil individual. Therefore, we cannot argue that fire or genetic engineering is intrinsically evil, because both are neither evil nor good in and of themselves. God did not, in this verse, give man the right to wreck havoc by making a new gene, but the responsibility of ruling over it and using it for good purposes and not evil ones.