Are lab experiments what God meant by 'be fruitful'?

Are lab experiments what God meant by 'be fruitful'?

Are lab experiments what God meant by 'be fruitful'?

A scientist who promotes a deeper public understanding of the value of human life warns that what one might describe as weird science could turn into an ethical quagmire.

Dr. David Prentice, vice president and research director of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, says Dr. Jacob Hanna, a senior scientist and professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, has revealed his research on mouse embryos.

After eight and a half days, "they developed beating hearts," Prentice details. "They were starting to form their brain, spinal cord, [and] other organs. You could see the little limbs forming, and even the digits. These were real, living embryos."

Prentice, Dr. David (Charlotte Lozier Institute) Prentice

Dr. Prentice, who is also adjunct professor of Molecular Genetics at the John Paul II Institute, says the Israeli scientist admits he wants to continue the research, except on human embryos. He would grow them in a lab, perhaps beyond eight days.

"You can eventually bring them to birth," Dr. Prentice notes. "That may be what this guy wants to do as well -- to grow them not just as embryos, but on into fetuses to that later stage of our normal development, or even birth them."

He adds, though, that the motive may be more sinister, such as to grow them for experiments or for the sake of harvesting organs for transplants.

"These are human beings – living, growing human beings that are going to be relegated as second-class human beings simply as sources of spare parts," Prentice submits.

That, he says, is not how God instructed people to multiply and fill the earth.