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Synthetic humans and the relentless march of biotech

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THE Guardian led with an exclusive story last week ‘Synthetic human embryos created in groundbreaking advance’. Scientists at the University of Cambridge and the California Institute of Technology have made synthetic human embryos using stem cells in a groundbreaking advance which sidesteps the need for eggs or sperm. 

Curiously for the usually pro-genetic-engineering Guardian, the article sounds the alarm, saying the work raises serious ethical and legal issues as the lab-grown entities fall outside legislation in the UK and most other countries. 

Note the use of the term ‘entity’ to describe the embryos, a term which excludes gender and any vestige of humanity. Scientists said the ‘aim’ of the work is to find out more about the impact of genetic disorders and the biological causes of recurrent miscarriage in the early stages of embryonic development, but there was little said about that at the Boston conference where their announcement was made. The main speculation has been whether the embryos can become living functioning organisms. 

You can see where this is going, can’t you? In Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel Brave New World, the genetic Bokanovsky Process produces batches of standard men and women. The Director of the London Hatchery enthuses about factories with ‘ninety-six identical twins working ninety-six identical machines’ and reveals to his new recruits that this is a ‘major instrument of social stability’.

For the last three years scientists have had the opportunity to inject the human race with a synthetic genetic cocktail. Are we happier and more healthy? The answer is an emphatic No. The truth is that happiness and health come not from biotechnology, but from within ourselves.

Watch Dr John Campbell describe the pandemic outcomes in a state of near-despair. All over the world in highly vaccinated countries, excess deaths have risen and are continuing way up on historical levels. This is affecting all age groups. UK data shows that more people are dying from heart disease, liver disease and strokes. Campbell’s anxiety results from the fact that no one in authority seems to want to investigate, while the media has banned discussion of the topic.

In the last few days there have been ten adoring articles in the New Zealand media praising the National Party’s initiative to remove controls on genetic engineering (GE) experimentation and commercialisation. This is not the start of a utopian future: it is something greatly to fear, as the disturbing revelations in the Guardian indicate. 

This is not the only sign. The Daily Mail reveals the results of an official report claiming that the first three people to fall sick with Covid were scientists at the Wuhan Virology Institute conducting gain-of-function research into novel coronaviruses. You can find out more here about how right from the early days of the pandemic so called fact-checkers, who were actually biased by vested interests, protected concern about Covid origins seeing the light of day. You tell me if ‘lightly regulated’ GE is going to be safe?

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) has recently funded a project to produce and test mRNA vaccines which can be rapidly mass-produced in the event of exotic disease outbreaks. This is described as a ‘pipeline’ project. You might be concerned that mRNA vaccines are going to be piped into your food supply, but did we ask the necessary questions when it was piped into human bodies or did we unthinkingly attack the unvaccinated as conspiracy theorists?

It is now clear that many pro-GE articles appearing in the media are being generated by vested interests using PR firms to control the flow of information. These are opinion-forming machines. All our political parties appear to be captured by the pro-GE lobby. The curious fact is that there are virtually no successful GE projects anywhere in the world in agriculture or medicine. 

Biotechnology is changing the rules. It is altering the very mechanisms which underpin balance, stability and progress. It is introducing new genetic structures which are inherently unbalanced. When such negative forces accumulate and become dominant in society at large, a breaking point is reached. In this situation, change can happen suddenly and often unexpectedly. 

To many people, it will not seem strange to suggest that we have reached just such a turning point. We have reached a joyless realisation that something momentous is on the horizon, but we don’t quite know what it is. This nexus of change is without precedent. We are not being driven by the ranting of a single tyrant as has happened many times in the past. Biotechnology has penetrated the cell wall, instituting wholesale confusion and imbalance in the cytoplasm and hence human physiology and psychology. 

The crisis is coming to a head and we may need to organise safe places to ride out the storm, but we should feel sure that what society is experiencing at the hands of rogue scientists, domineering politicians and the greedy is without any possibility of enduring. They are caught up in a maelstrom of untruth – the truly preposterous and unfounded idea that a few individuals can gain mastery over time and space by redesigning the laws of biology. In fact nature operates on an unimaginably cosmic scale. Nature will win. This is inevitable.

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Guy Hatchard
Guy Hatchard
Guy Hatchard PhD is a former senior manager at Genetic ID, a global food testing and certification company. He lives in New Zealand.

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