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Elzin 1 Fatima Elzin Michael Henry Philosophy 2240C 25 April 2010 Paper #5 In Greek mythology, the chimera is a creature with the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a serpent, something clearly that is unnatural to any time period. The modern day chimera is a hybrid creature that is part animal and part human, something that seems unnatural and abnormal to most. Chimeras are the products of human stem cells added to developing animal fetuses. The production of these creatures has been very controversial; one side argues that the creation of chimeras will create a sort of confusion between what distinguishes human beings from other animals, whereas the other side argues that neither human nor animal rights are violated and the results of such an experiment can help the developing medical field greatly. Personally, I believe that although chimeras can benefit us medically, such as finding a cure to Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, ultimately, the hybridization of a human and an animal is unnatural and defies the power of God by creating new creatures and giving animals certain human qualities. I do not believe that the potential benefits will outweigh the harm that chimeras may cause. The discovery of cures and causes of certain diseases is not guaranteed by chimeras, but rather, scientists’ suggest that it may assist in finding the cures and causes. I feel like it is too much of a risk introducing new creatures into nature. Introducing new creatures also introduces
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2010 for the course PHI 2240 taught by Professor Henry during the Spring '10 term at St. John's.

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