Developers of artificial micro-humans, or ‘mini GM humans,’ are hoping to release their technology on the market by 2017. No this isn’t a sci-fi joke. Scientists are developing artificial humans in the same vein as GM plants with the hope that these creations will replace the need for using animals in laboratory testing.
Artificial humans will be ‘farmed’ with interacting organs that can be used in drug tests, speeding up the process of FDA and other government regulatory approvals, and supposedly without damaging rats or other animals currently used in laboratories. The GM humans will contain smartphone-sized microchips that will be programmed to replicate up to 10 major human organs.
Each GM human will be tiny – roughly the size of a microchip itself, simulating the response of humans to substances inhaled, absorbed in the blood, or exposed to in the intestinal tract.
Early versions comprising an artificial kidney, heart, lung or gut are already being used by the cosmetic industry and to observe the use of chemical drugs on non-GMO humans.
The Times of India reported that researchers said this could replace up to 90 million animals each year in labs. Uwe Marx, a tissue engineer from Technische Universitat Berlin and founder of TissUse, a firm developing the technology said:
“If our system is approved by the regulators, then it will close down most of the animal-testing laboratories worldwide.” said.
Currently, this type of technology is already used on artificial organs like hearts and livers, but the results must be verified on a ‘live’ being – animals in a lab, for instance, to prove that substances are safe when interacting with a living being with real organs.
The problem with current testing, and obviously this proposed ‘solution,’ is that artificial organs, like animals, won’t respond the same way as a human body. We have already observed unforeseen side effects during human trials after animal trials that are far from ‘safe’ – GM crops are a perfect example of this phenomenon.
Organs cannot be divided into ‘fake’ computerized components. They interact with one another, the endocrine system, the brain, the nervous system, environmental cues, emotions, and according to advanced research, even our energetic bodies.
This reminds me of how genetically modified humans are planned to be the next venture for biotechnology companies working with the United States military, with the admitted goal of producing a ‘super soldier’ that does not require food or sleep to perform Olympic-style physical feats. The genetically modified humans, or ‘super soldiers’, will even be able to regrow limbs that were destroyed by enemy fire and live off of their fat stores for extreme lengths of time. You can read more on GMO super-humans here.
While the new GM human farms seem great on paper, since eliminating animal testing is indeed noble, they do not address possible far-reaching, negative ramifications for trying to re-create the complexities of Mother Nature’s form. It seems the pharmaceutical industry and biotech don’t learn from their mistakes at all.
The Antikythera wreck in the Aegean Sea is a world-famous underwater archaeological site thrown into the spotlight in 1900 when researchers discovered an incredible mechanical device, now known as the Antikythera mechanism, which dates back more than 2,000 years. The device consists of a complex combination of gears that took decades for scientists to decipher. Archaeologists suspect that there is much more to be found within the Antikythera wreck and today, a daring new mission is being launched to re-examine the wreck, which lies at an extreme diving depth of 120 metres. The Antikythera mechanism is a metallic device which consists of at least 30 different types of gears, and on the mechanism’s door plates are about 2,000 letters that are considered to be something like a usage manual. One word stands out clearly: ΚΟΣΜΟΥ, meaning “cosmos”.
The amazing device is so complex that many consider it to be the first human-made analogue computer. After decades of research, scientists were able to determine that it shows the positions of the sun, moon, and planets as they move through the zodiac, predicts solar and lunar eclipses, and even marked key events such as the Pan-Hellenic games. The discovery of this unique form of ancient technology has led researchers to wonder what else may lie within the shipwreck, which sits off the Greek island of Antikythera. -
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The ancient Sumerians, builders of the first known civilization in the world, are a mystery to us. Settling on what is now called Southern Iraq in about 5400 BC, they produced a written language, a complex system of mythology, stunning architecture and a lost world that kept regional hegemony for thousands of years. We do not know where it came from their language; not even know where they came from their genes. We have no idea who their modern descendants, and have never been able to test the remains of the Sumerian DNA.
Well, at least until now. A complete skeleton found in Sumerian capital, Ur, dated about 4500 BC, was recently rediscovered in the Penn Museum - and his teeth intact include soft enough to allow a DNA test.
Nicknamed "Noah", the skeleton seems to have survived the ancient deluge and everything that came after:
The staff of the [British archaeologist, Sir Leonard] Woolley found 48 or more tombs in a flood plain; an area that is regularly subject to flooding. The skeletons were there, very unusual shape ancient, dating back to a bygone era known as the Ubaid (6.500- 3800 BC) period, but only one of them was intact and can be removed. The skeleton was excavated, along with the land around them, given a coat of wax and sent first to London. However, upon arriving at Philadelphia in the USA, he was forgotten.
Until recently, the earliest advocates for the Sumerian DNA test have been followers of Zecharia Sitchin, who believed that the ancient Sumerian civilization socialized with aliens and alien genes could be loaded. But there are many other reasons for the controversial study of Sumerian DNA: it will tell us where they came the first builders of cities and who are their contemporary descendants. The migration of Sumerians is one of the great hidden stories of human civilization. If our goal is to discover this, this DNA test is the best tool we have