Through its propaganda arm Global Times, the Chinese regime announced the development of a process to create “humanized pigs” to then infect them with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) coronavirus and investigate their immune responses, Breitbart reported.
As presented by the Chinese media, the controversial experiment is under development at the Institute of Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMCAS), a state-controlled research body. The work is a continuation of a study presented in August in Cell Discovery, a scientific journal sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
In the “humanized pig” animal model developed in that study and published on Aug. 17, 2021, Chinese scientists used gene-editing technology with the so-called CRISPR enzyme. The enzyme recognizes and cleaves specific DNA sequences to genetically alter the pigs’ immunity and make them susceptible to a severe form of CCP Virus to cause COVID-19 disease.
So to create this type of modified pig, the scientists added to its DNA a gene sequence that contains the information to synthesize the hACE2 receptor protein present in human cells, to which the coronavirus binds to reproduce, leading to cell damage.
“Here we report our attempt to create the first humanized pig expressing the hACE2 receptor for COVID-19 research, speculating that humanization of the pig ACE2 receptor could make pigs susceptible to SARS-CoV-2,” the scientists wrote in the paper.
Because these modified pigs lack essential components of their immune system, they are extremely vulnerable to infection. The ultimate goal of this genetic experiment is to make them sick and study the development of severe diseases, which raises major ethical controversies because of its cruelty.
The CCP’s propaganda outlet further boasted of another “research model of COVID-19 infection”, developed by IMCAS and published in Cell Discovery on Nov. 9, 2021, for which it generated “human distal lung organoids (hDLOs).”
The organoids were created in the lab from cultured human lung parenchymal cell units to simulate the living organ and see how it behaves after infection with COVID-19 (CCP Virus).
But these are not the first nor the only controversial experiments using ‘humanized’ animal models. Today, some scientists have advanced to unknown levels, oblivious to all criticism, especially the profound ethical implications.
According to The Japan Times, in 2014, genetically modified organs began to be developed to be compatible with human genetics for use in transplantations.
So it is that gene editing technologies and human stem cells have allowed scientists to develop human organs in an animal. In fact, in September, the first porcine kidney transplant was performed on a woman.
According to an analysis article, entitled “Ethical rejections of xenotransplantation?,” published July 10, 2018, on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website, to avoid tissue rejection, the transplanted organ must contain at least 90% human cells, making it necessary to generate a human organ with a human vascular system.
There is a growing debate about the scientific ethics of research. And, on the other hand, the article says there is no certainty as to how many pig chimeras are needed to ensure that a patient-specific organ suitable for transplantation is obtained.
How far will human science be able to go? It is undoubtedly society’s responsibility to maintain its moral compass in addressing the ethical concerns that loom over these scientific experiments that alter human nature.