While searching for immune cells to fight bacterial infections, British scientists discovered a previously unknown T-cell that kills multiple varieties of cancers—maybe all cancers. As one researcher told the UK Telegraph, “Our finding raises the prospect of a ‘one-size-fits-all cancer treatment.”
We talk a lot at The Colson Center about how advances in medical technology have outpaced our ethics, especially when it comes to gene editing technology like CRISPR or assistive reproductive technologies.
The key distinction is whether technology and research are being used to save lives, or to alter them; to heal or to enhance.
Researching, discovering, and applying knowledge to heal is what science, technology and medicine is supposed to look like, as God intended. But when we use technology to create designer babies or even super humans, or in other ways usurp God’s role as creator, we re-imagine ourselves in our own image.
Congratulations to those British scientists. Let’s hope they’re on to something momentous.
John Stonestreet & Roberto Rivera | BreakPoint | December 16, 2019
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