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THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK: FDA SEEKS APPROVAL OF THREE-PARENTED ...

There is another significant story out there that is developing as we speak, folks, and once again, it concerns transhumanism, and in this case, the very essence of what it is to be human, both biologically, and as we shall see in a moment, in law. This story I found while surfing, and it must have been one of those synchronicities or "in the aether", because so many of you sent me not only this exact article but variations of it, I lost count. Here's the story as reported by Stuart A. Newman at The Huffington Post:

FDA Asked to Approve Creation of Genetically Modified Children

This is a detail-rich, well-written, and informative article. For me, however, the central paragraph which concerns us is this:

"It is clear, however, that much more than mitochondria is being transferred or donated in MST. This is obscured in most reports on the subject, even in scientific journals. A recent report in the journal Nature states, "The technique [combines] genetic material from a mitochondria donor, the mother who provides the nucleus and a father." To use the emotive term "mother" only for the donor of the maternal set of chromosomes downplays the unique biological role of the egg and of the woman who contributes it. It has the further effect of endorsing the false assertion of MST's advocates that the procedure comes down to the transfer of a few (i.e., the mitochondrial) genes. What is actually being transferred are 20,000 or so genes provided by the chromosome donor.'

We have here a clear case of offspring that would not have arisen naturally, but can only do so by the intervention - quoting the crucial phrase of American patent law - of "the hand of man." This intervention has, in all cases of genetic techniques - including those used to justify the patenting of GMOs - been used to argue the "patentability" of not only of the technique, but of the product of that technique. Hence, the technique, as I argued in Genes, Giants, Monsters and Men - as as we again argued in Transhumanism" A Grimoire of Alchemical Agendas, now brings directly to the forefront of the jurisprudential debates surrounding emerging technologies, the definition of human personhood and individual rights, and brings it home with some urgency.

We cannot afford to leave it to the vagaries of later decisions to emerge "down the line" as the growth and application of such technologies increases, for inevitably, there will be a segment of humanity arguing that such persons so created are "less than human," and equally, there will be individuals either with access to such technologies or who are the result of the application of the transumanists' GRIN (genetics robotics informational and nanotechnologies) who will inevitably be tempted to argue the opposite, that they are either "super-human" or that the rest of "non-engineered" humanity is sub-human. We cannot, of course, legislate out of existence these inevitable human responses. But we can ensure, in law, that such individuals and their progeny are recognized as persons, and not patentable property.

See you on the flip side.

10 thoughts on “ THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK: FDA SEEKS APPROVAL OF THREE-PARENTED ...”

  1. We know so little about the full extent of our physiology that these transhumanist experiments are indeed vile and utterly reprehensible. We passed a line a very long time ago in science and it is reflective of the human condition, tampering without understanding. Not tampering to understand. If this is what is out there and discussed in media god only knows what these black projects labs have been up to…perhaps a return to Plato’s description of the original human, spiderlike, androdynous and horribly powerful.

  2. GATACCA anybody how about Malfina the biological android from Outlaw Star by the way has anybody on this website been following HELIX on the SyFy channel just found out about the five hundred immortals on last night episode. We who are following the series about their plan to thin out the herd the rest of us. It’s interesting that Ilaria the name of the corporation financing this project were using indigenous children of the Inuit as their lab rats familiar victims. By the way Orphan Black will be back this April.

    1. In the book I just finished, The Culling, a group of scientist revived the 1918 influenza viruses & genetically reengineered it to cull the population down to about 2 billion. They used the Inuit remains to obtain it & a tiny village in Laos as guinea pigs to perfect it.

  3. When it comes down to it, in “law” – corporations are people.
    And in the upside configuration of “logic”, the new humans will become the property of people, a.k.a. – corporations. So when the birth certificate is finally inked, they will simply add: “inc.” with a circled r, to dot the I.

      1. Forget about war profiteering.
        The new black markets of organs, transhumanist body parts, bioengineered accessories, cyborg parts, ect., etc.
        Pandemic profiteering markets are the coming rage.
        All these & more like them are the new biological growth markets coming your way.
        Its coming on like a bottom line express freight train; passing the Human Era, straight into hellbound Post Human fubar…

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