Cutting Edge Koreans
Well, the Koreans have dropped a bombshell and it is not nuclear and it is not the North Koreans. You just had to know that a nation with such high bandwidth penetration, densely urbanized and educated population and some disposable income to kick around was going to be a force to be recognized. Plus they have a lot of video gamers and we all know that they are a superior life form regardless of what the horrid yet dwindling mass minority of ungamed cretins may think (if you are an ungamed cretin, my apologies for offending you, perhaps we could make more of an effort to produce more remedial games to help the digitally challenged like yourselves :-)
Where was I... Oh yes, Korea. While the people in the North are barely subsisting on charity aid from the evil Western and Asian conspirators because the great cult of the commie nut-bucket is busy trying to micro manage every aspect of life from hair-cuts to horse shit timing and otherwise killing time before the next famine, the south is doing the heavy lifting of civilization that the west quivers at, specifically in this case, pursuing medical research.
Now George Bush, many Republicans and countless bio-ethicists (they are the ones with clerical collars, crucifixes and bibles handy but with no biology training; lots of credentials like theology, philosophy ant thinkology but they get their biology training from Jack Chick) have immediately condemned the Korean research. They then hurried off to find someone who could explain to them what it actually was and why exactly they were against it.
What is really interesting about this controversy is that it marks a complete 180 degree turn for the pro-life and bio-ethicists. They have not actually followed through with the reasoning yet but they must effectively give up on the idea that life begins at conception. The Korean experiments do not involve conception in any way.
During conception, a gamete (a specialized reproductive cell which in mammals has half the normal number of chromosomes) from one organism fuses with another gamete, usually from the same species but from a separate organism, to form a "fertilized" cell which is diploid - meaning it has the full double set of chromosomes that will be inherited by every successive body cell except those which become the next generation of gametes (again we are dealing with mammals because my knowledge of worm and jellyfish reproduction is far from complete and I imagine that it is human conception that bio-ethicists/evangelicals are jumping about). The egg cells used in the experiment have not been fertilized via conception because they can not be. They have had their chromosomes removed; they are not haploid gametes, they are not even, strictly speaking fully eukaryotic cells (of which all human, animal plant and fungi are composed). They would even lack the standing of living cells because they can not divide, metabolize, grow or repair.
The nucleus of the so-called cloned human does not fertilize anything; it is diploid to begin with, diploid after and contains the same genes that it had before with no crossover events, no random sorting of chromosomes nothing that makes it a gamete. It is an Apesnake nuclei before the transfer, it is an Apesnake nuclei after. Period.
If none of the defining characteristics of conception are present, yet a new life is supposed to have been created, Live does not begin at conception. In order for the anti- therapeutic cloning argument to make sense, (there is of course never any real burden on people these days to make sense but that is a different issue) life must begin before conception. While this makes the Roman Catholic church's position against birth control and masturbation somewhat more understandable (every sperm is sacred) it does not make it any less bizarre.
I wonder when the religious groups are going to get tired of being wrong about EVERYTHING, ALWAYS, ALL THE TIME, WITHOUT A SINGLE EXCEPTION! You know... slavery, segregation, "social justice" (aka supporting tariffs, socialism and poverty), creationism/ID, the concept of homosexuality being of demonic supernatural origin, the idea of life beginning at conception, the belief that the American founding fathers were all theocrats (rather than the atheists, deists and secularists which they actually were) and that priest who are sexually abusing children should be shuffled around so that they can have "an eye kept on them" rather than just turning them over to the cops and firing sick hides. Oh and the belief that no teenager or young adult or, hell anyone should know factual information about sex, sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy or any other biological process, I almost forgot about that one. Now globalization treats us to the spectacle of religious organizations from around the world being wrong about everything. Like staging a riot over the alleged treatment of one or two of their holy books; a riot which kills their own people while not batting an eye over sectarian violence which burns down mosques and results in the destruction of hundreds of copies of the same book.
I am sure that religious experts from around the world are even now scouring trends and current events, looking out for that next new thing to be wrong about. I have no doubt that before most of us have even heard of an issue, church groups will have formed an organized wrong response to it. Who says organized religion can't keep up with the times.