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Apeseed's Avatar Jump to comment 11 by Apeseed

I remember years ago there were rumours of the Soviet bloc attempting to create a sub-human worker drone by cross-breeding chimps with humans. While in all likelihood it was purely fantasy I think it does express a fear of how some might use genetic engineering.
While there is danger of succumbing to the Slippery Slope fallacy it isn't such an imaginative leap to see how disturbing the idea could be even for those who don't hold to humanity as being somehow sacred and inviolate.
As someone with an instinctive respect for other lifeforms I wouldn't want to see the development of semi-human monkey butlers ;)

Sat, 10 Jan 2009 11:55:00 UTC | #301534