Low points: "everyone is technically a hybrid" and that chimeras are created using "genetic manipulation".
OK, maybe we can make a hybrid... so? Why would we? At least part of the author's hopes seem to be to run evolution in the face of all the anti-science nuts who pretend to doubt it. But genetic manipulation is not evolution so it doesn't prove anything but it does give people a good reason to think that science has no moral compass.
The subtitle claims it's scientifically possible and morally defensible but the author doesn't seem to know what "morally defensible" means.
About the only bad thing I can see is the rationale "because we can". That is not a good enough reason.
Lulz. Any hybrid would be seized upon by the normal racist peanut gallery and used to further existing racial discrimination, rather than being some kind of harmonizing panacea.
What does a talking chimpanzee mean for the world? Hopefully not a source of donor organs and rather a symbol that life in all its forms must be cherished and respected.
looks like a chimpanzee, can't really talk due to throat limitations, can't walk very well, but likes to read and write
I think that could well be more informative to mankind's understanding of itself, and likely to cause less suffering for the created individuals.
Not that I particularly agree that either is a good idea.
They should also be relatively possible to integrate into society. As opposed to uplifted chimpanzee.
Anyway, can't we make better models? I understand why having an entire organism is important, but we seem to be working rather well so far.
In the reboot, it's a viral treatment for Alzheimer's that is being tested on the apes and does cause a human pandemic.
> During the 1920s, a Russian biologist with the marvelously Slavic name Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov appears to have made the first serious, scientifically informed efforts to create a genetic hybrid between chimpanzees and human beings. Ivanov had the perfect qualifications: Not only did he possess a special interest in creating interspecific hybrids, he was an early specialist in artificial insemination, who had achieved international renown as a successful pioneer when it came to horse breeding. Prior to his work, even the most prized stallions and mares were limited to reproducing by “natural cover”—i.e., the old-fashioned way, one mounting at a time. But Ivanov found that by appropriate and careful dilution of stallion semen, combined with adroit use of the equine equivalent of a turkey baster, he could generate as many as 500 foals from a single genetically well-endowed stallion. His achievement caused a worldwide sensation, but nothing compared to what he next attempted.
> And failed.
Much was not understood in 1920s which is why they would fail. A reminder: it was almost a century ago.
No, it's NOT time to breed humanzees or Chimphumans and vindicate Alex Jones. It IS time to give legal protections to species that live in their own society and pass on culture and language through teaching and observation - sentient species like corvids, dolphins, apes and whales.
Stop trying to hide madness by cloaking it with the false pretense of intellectualism. David P. Barash should retire STAT.