Animal-Human Hybrids Spark Controversy [news.nationalgeographic.com]
Scientists are blending now creating GMO animals:
Scientists have begun blurring the line between human and animal by producing chimeras—a hybrid creature that's part human, part animal.
This reminds me of a thought experiment I had about ten years ago while in college:
Humans and apes are fairly similar genetically. Yet some religious groups think that people have souls and apes do not. Given that we can now start blending the line between humans and apes, imagine doing an experiment where..
You 'create' 100 children:
Now these people believe that having a soul is a binary thing. Either you have a soul or you don't. So the question is: which of these children have souls, and which do not?
(Stop and think about that before continuing. What do you think?)
The conclusion you (inevitably I think) come to is one of the following:
I won't say which of those I subscribe to, but I thought it an interesting thing to think about.