UK Government Determined to Pass Genetic Engineering Bill By Liam Bailey


By Liam Bailey
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Dandelion Salad

The Bailey Mail
March 24, 2008

2008-03-23 13:34:51 **opinion**

The UK government is absolutely determined to push through a bill that would allow scientists, to create hybrid human/animal embryos and experiment in creating viable stem cells for use in the treatment of human terminal illnesses.

My first thought was “God No – they can’t do that”, but I feel obliged to tell you I was a big fan of dark Angel, a TV series where Jessica Alba starred as the victim of a US government program to that did exactly what the UK government now wants to let scientists do, only with the aim of creating super soldiers, and then when they all escaped the government hunted them down; funny how sci-fi becomes reality all too often.

So my initial feeling was probably something to do with that, but when I realised that the research is to try and save human lives my reaction changed. You never know what is around the corner, and when all is said and done, no one wants to lose a loved one, and most would give anything to prevent it, so if this research could lead to discoveries that save lives then I am afraid I’m all for it.

Not everybody shares my feelings however, the government is coming under increasing pressure from the church, and Brown has had to offer to let MPs tell the government if they cannot support parts of the Bill for ethical or religious reasons, before receiving “permission” to vote against the government. These allowances will only be made where it doesn’t threaten the passage of the bill.

It does make me wonder why Gordon Brown is so desperate for the bill to go through? I was discussing the bill with a mate the other night and he joked: “is that really a nervous affliction or is there a little pig DNA in the mix.” I also wonder, if Brown has to make such allowances for his party’s support in getting the bill through, how he hopes to get it passed with the opposition?