A Visit To The Past: Xenotransplants, Good Or Bad?
When I first read this post on xenotransplants, I thought it sounded somewhat weird, but really interesting. But before I investigate the subject, I want to get some facts straight:
Xenotransplanting–Transplanting cells or organs from one species into another…
Cells from pigs are being transplanted into humans to heal things such as diabetes (or eliminate the need for insulin-producing cells or rather giving them the cells they need)
The problem is that pig cells carry a marker that human immune systems target to kill
There is danger of pig viruses passing on to humans (such as a wasting disease found in piglets)
Obviously, huge problem is screening for the perfect cells to implant in humans. You don’t want to get a disease from a pig that will be passed on through you family. The risk is too high for scientists and for many governments (including the US, I believe).
Personally, I wouldn’t want some part of a pig put into my body. But if it would save your life, I don’t know what I would do. The fact of the matter lies in the problem of viruses.
Messing with the building block of life can lead to scary things. Cloning is one example of messing with DNA. We can find out if a baby is going to have defects before it’s born–and that can lead to a society that kills “worthless” humans. These things are amazing scientific discoveries gone bad.
But they can be used for good (knowledge of DNA) such as finding criminals or terrorists.
When is comes down to something that involves viruses passing from one species to another, I think of this verse:
“Do you not know you body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with you body.”
(found in 1 Corinthians…NIV)
I would fear bad uses of this “healing” (I don’t know what exactly) and would say that we shouldn’t put anything into our body that would harm us, whether it is drugs or DNA or whatever. We are God’s temple and we must keep his temple holy.
We haven’t yet see the long term effects of these implanted DNA, which will split and form new identical cells (I don’t know the technical term). So what would happen in the long run? (Thanks to mom for bringing this point up)
Of course, a lot of these healing cures cure people by taking innocent life. Life for life is wrong. Period. I didn’t see that happening in Xenotransplanting, but I could have missed that point.
(This is an old post by the way)