All the fuss there's been about the creation of embryos created from the mixing of human and animal genes for the creation of stem cells for scientific research. The Prime Minister has been forced to allow his Catholic Ministers a free vote. I'd been worrying myself about how I'd vote on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill if I was an MP. I still find it a very difficult issue tro come to a decision about, and I'm still uncertain about which way I'd vote. And then I was just watching Newsnight tonight, when 10 minutes ago, Jeremy Paxman casually announced as a minor item of news that scientists at Newcastle have just gone and done it. Just like that. Newsnight paid much more attention to last night's item on Nick Clegg's prolific sex life.
So what was the fuss all about if the scientists have already started to mix animal and human material to create a new form of life. No problem they tell us, because they have every intention of destroying it again during the next few days. Bloody frightening isn't it?
Two things occur to me. Firstly, the scientists must be so certain that their activities are going to be approved by Parliament , that they saw no reason to delay. And secondly, if Parliament passes an amendment to strike down this sort of experimentation, there will be no possible way in which it will now be stopped. The genie can rarely be put back into it's bottle. I wish I hadn't read those damn Dan Brown books last month.