On Dr. Moreau’s Island, the creation of H.G. Wells, the shipwrecked Prendick discovers those who seem human but have a resemblance to pigs. The doctor explains that the ‘Beast Folk’ were not formerly human, but animals transformed into human-like form by vivisection, that were prone to revert to their animal form and behaviour.
Moreau justifies the pain he inflicts in the name of science.
When ‘Lepard Man’ reverts to animal behaviour, by devouring a rabbitt, Prendrick shoots him to spare him suffering more painful experimentation.
In a reverse of this scenario, in a Moreau-like horror story, we live today on the cusp of human destruction, through making humans the hosts of animal diseases; thus transforming them; this, in the name of science!
Humans are born with xenoreactive antibodies which react violently against cell from other animals, such as pigs. The organs infected become bloated and discoloured.
To overcome such natural barriers, scientists are engineering pigs to produce cells that are less toxic to humans.
They are also using baboons as recipients of pig skin, livers and hearts to assess their use in humans. The baboons are first dosed with immunosuppressants, such as cobra venom, but, because of toxicity, this approach is not as popular as using a combination of immunosuppressants, including steroids, although cobra venom is used when transplanting guinea pig hearts into rats.
Free all creatures from experimentation!
The frightening risk in all such experiments is that of transmitting infectious diseases. This risk occurs by transmitting infectious agents from nonhuman animals to humans, as on the cases of HIV, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and Ebola virus. Both known known and, perhaps more importantly, unknown infectious agents may spread to recipients and to their contacts so as to become a pandemic.
The level of immune suppression and/or rejection may activate latent pathogens, including viruses.
Transplanted organs may host organisms that are not pathogens in the native species but which cause disease in other species, such as the human recipient.
New animal-derived organisms may cause unrecognized clinical diseases in humans.
(Why is not this aspect of cross-species contamination headlined when stories of the genetic engineering of pigs on Chinese farms is covered (sparsely) in the main stream media?).
By these routes the transmission of infections to humans is a real epidemiological hazard. The failure to predict the potential of a disease in a host species when released into another species is a profound issue.
Like Frankenstein, some created diseases may walk the earth forever.
Who can predict the evolution of such as monkeypox virus, or simian hemorrhagic virus, when unleashed in humans?
Who can predict the evolution of retroviruses that embed themselves in human chromosomal DNA. The HIV pandemic was probably caused by the introduction of monkey viruses into humans, which then spread like wildfire through human-to-human infection.
Would not porcine retroviruses have a similarly devasting impact?
There is a collective risk.
Across species transplantation should not be driven by the commercial prospects of offering pig or monkey organs to sick people who can afford such treatment.
The elite will have new organs engineered from their own tissue.
It’s down to Animal Farm for the middle class.
Free all creatures from Moreau’s Island!
Combine with revolutionary hearts to this end!
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