The Bible teaches each species must only reproduce after its own kind. Yet, scientist Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte seeks to cultivate cross-species chimeras composed of the parts of more than one animal. In October, The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a biomedical research facility and agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded Izpisúa Belmonte $2.5 million to advance his research with monkey cells implanted into pig embryos. His stated goal: “Inject targeted human cells into designated animals’ embryos, then [spur] those embryos to grow the desired human organs.” He says, “The ultimate result would be pigs or other mammals born with human kidneys, livers, hearts or lungs—organs that can be transplanted into ailing people.” Izpisúa Belmonte claims a new stem cell he identified, called, “pluripotent,” develops in “specific regions of an embryo.” But, he admits, it still has “the potential to migrate throughout the animal’s body, including to the brain.” The NIH stopped short of funding to create human-pig chimeras. “A compromise,” Izpisúa Belmonte says, that “postpones having to deal with questions about the moral implications.”
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:24,25.
PRAY: Americans demand species not be interbred.
ACTION: Go to the Salt & Light table. Write a postcard to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell: “Dear Secretary Burwell, I object to the creation of cross-species chimeras and $2.5 million being given to Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte to fund such a project.”
HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell Hubert H. Humphrey Building 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201.