Genetic screening of unborn babies ‘may be inaccurate’

BY NICK COLLINS | THE TELEGRAPH | JUNE 8, 2012

American   experts have developed a blood test which they claim could be used to routinely screen fetuses for more than 3,000 genetic conditions such as   cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy.

But the researchers recognised that the ability to predict the genetic code of   a foetus at just 18 weeks could raise “many ethical questions”   because of the likelihood it would lead to more abortions.

Now some British experts have cautioned that the test – which is still many   years from being used in clinics – may do more harm than good because in   many cases it would be very hard to predict how a mutation would affect a child and how severe their disability might be.

Others argued that any information which parents can be given to help them   prepare for a possible eventuality after their child is born, or to decide   to terminate their pregnancy, should not be withheld.

Lord Winston, the fertility expert, said that examining a child’s entire genome was ethically no different to current tests for conditions like cystic fibrosis which doctors routinely carry out in families with a history of the disorder.

But he added that screening more widely across the population for thousands of   very rare conditions which are not so well understood would make little   difference.

He said: “The biggest ethical issue might be that we are going to cause a   great deal of worry unnecessarily to a great deal of women who are pregnant.   I am uneasy about it because I think it is unlikely to be absolutely   accurate and we may raise more concerns in parents than are justified.

“I am fundamentally uneasy about all screening tests. I think that most   of the time we are diagnosing things that really are not there and screening   like this is probably going to be something where we are going to harm more   people than we can help. I am a bit sceptical that it is going to be of   value.”

Prof John Harris, director of the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation   at the University of Manchester, said parents should have the right to know   if their unborn child was at risk of a genetic abnormality, provided they   were given accurate and practical information on the likelihood of it   occurring and the possible severity of the condition.

He said: “I believe one should be in favour of would-be parents getting   the maximum information about the child that they might be having, either to   prepare for eventualities they may face or to take the decision, if it is   early enough, not to continue with the pregnancy.

“No potential being has a right to become an actual being – abortion is   not a “wrong” to the individual because the individual in question will   never have existed.

“We would be negligent and reckless if we paid no attention to the   health care of future generations and future people. The ability to protect   future generations from terrible conditions that will blight their lives   seems to me to be an absolute moral responsibility and a duty that we should   not shirk.”

Dr Robin Lovell-Badge, head of developmental genetics at the MRC National   Institute for Medical Research, said: “While we know the role of many   genes and understand how certain mutations can affect the function of some   of these in a way that leads to disease, we are still only scratching the   surface when it comes to understanding the complexity of the genome.

“So while it is very impressive to be able to predict the genetic code   of a developing embryo, in the vast majority of cases we will still be   unable to predict how the child will turn out and the nature and severity of   any genetic disease he or she may carry.

“We will gradually improve the predictive power of genome sequences, but   this is a massive undertaking that will take many scientists many years   before we can have any certainty.”

The Next Genetic Assembly Line

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | MAY 30, 2012

The analogy of how children are grown as vegetables and indoctrinated through the traditional school system is a useful tool to understand what society is like today. One could think of the planet as a gigantic production line, where people are born, allegedly educated, grown into families and neighborhoods, where they work and live. But what if there was an actual way to literally ‘make’ people in a mass scale, just as humans make cars and other machinery or even spare parts for those machines? Well, the prospects definitely exist right now to have a people assembly line from where the military industrial complex will be able to produce people.

The Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA) has partnered with Venter Launch Assembly Line for Genetic Engineering to begin what could be called the next generation of smart beings. I will refrain from calling them humans, because it is unclear at this point how is it that a being born in a lab will resemble one of us. Instead, it seems, the adventure DARPA is envisioning appears to be all about using biology and genetic engineering to produce living cells which will then be turned into some kind of living beings; perhaps humans.

The program is called Living Foundries, and it is not anything that hasn’t been spoken about before. However, the actual application of techniques previously reported or projected is what has made many people’s jaws drop. The announcement that a group of well-financed scientists intend to have a factory of man-made organisms should be shocking, unless people do not fully understand it. As in most cases, this new technological advancement has the potential for good and bad. It depends who manages it. Unfortunately, in the case of the creation of living organisms, those who have the science and the resources to manage the project are the same people who in the past have shown they operate on behalf of groups that do not necessarily have the best of the intentions.

The Living Foundries program is not new. It was announced last year by DARPA after providing some $15 million in research money to a handful of institutions to initiate the work. Among these institutions is the  J. Craig Venter Institute. Its head, Dr. Craig Venter, was one of the first to sequence the human genome, which then turned into a successful adventure to create synthetic human DNA. The fields of biology and genetic engineering are responsible, among other things, for producing super resistant spider web, but it are also the same people who have made it possible for humans to get contaminated with genetically engineered miniscule crystals which have been shown to develop electrical wire-like filaments. This phenomenon is better know as Morgellons Disease. Biology, genetic engineering and nanotechnology are the creators of what seems to be a campaign to rewire humanity and get us all on the way to becoming transcendent people. Read more about the findings on the secretive ongoing human re-engineering in our article Chemtrails: Beyond Geo-engineering Planetary Weather, where we explain how Morgellons is not a mental derangement, as many physicians like to call it.

According to DARPA, Living Foundries “seeks to create the engineering framework for biology, speeding the biological design-build-test cycle and expanding the complexity of systems that can be engineered. The Program aims to develop new tools, technologies and methodologies to decouple biological design from fabrication, yield design rules and tools, and manage biological complexity through abstraction and standardization.” Please pay close attention to the “standardization” part of the matter. As in many of its projects, DARPA presents this new adventure as a challenge to make current technology into a more productive and efficient tool from where new and better results will be obtained. From this perspective, DARPA expresses its need to get a host of disciplines involved, as supposed to only one.

In the article we referenced above, we explain how several disciplines need to be involved in the creation of such technological advancements. Among those are Nanotechnology, Biology, Genetic Engineering and others. Back on March 20, we even presented what seems to be the current delivery system — aerosol spraying — by which the military industrial complex is already implementing the Living Foundries technology to change humans from the inside. The announcement from the US Department of Defense simply confirms what we have reported on regarding human engineering. An important question about the involvement of the above mentioned disciplines is why them? How do they help create new forms of life, or for that matter to re-engineered existent life forms? I will explain that in a little bit; but perhaps it is equally important to understand ask and understand whether re-engineering of current living organisms — including humans — will require to re-engineer the environment where we live and where those new organisms will live. The answer is YES, and it is also on its way.

Enter a new field of study and application known as Transbiology. This is the manipulation of naturally occurring biological beings through nanotechnology or biotechnology as well as the creation of new living things using advanced techniques from genetic engineering. Nowadays, we have scientific advancements that not only allow knowledgeable people to sequence human DNA, from which they can begin to ‘innovate’ , but who also the proven applications to turn such knowledge into products. As in the case of Morgellons Disease, scientists developed  crystals which develop filaments or fibers that create their own red blood cells capable of resisting extreme conditions such as heat, high levels of chemicals, cold, acid, and so on. These fibers even have the capacity to grow outside the human body in a laboratory environment. Similar fibers are found in patients with Morgellons Disease.

Accomplishing this vision requires an approach that is more than multidisciplinary – it requires a new engineering discipline built upon the integration of new ideas, approaches and tools from fields spanning computer science and electrical engineering to chemistry and the biological sciences.  The best innovations will introduce new architectures and tools into an open technology platform to rapidly move new designs from conception to execution.” This is perhaps the best statement to confirm what DARPA is up to, except that it is not a project that will be completed in the future, but one that is well underway. Note the involvement the project requires and how the application of different techniques confirms what Morgellons researchers have found to be genetically engineered, human-like products. Please try to mentally attach the bold words to the following: In the nano-tech industry, scientists use what they call the nano-tech pyramid in order to show and organize the process that is followed to create new materials or elements. That pyramid starts at the bottom with simple materials which are then turned into structures. Those structures aid in the completion of processes which finally create “devices”.

If you don’t see enough proof here that DARPA has been working on this and has developed products as a consequence of their experiments, please be aware of the agency’s own statement. The official announcement of the search for and advanced group of tools and capabilities was made back in 2011. Those tools and capabilities, DARPA said, had to produce a technology platform that quickly, safely and predictably created biological production systems. “The goals of these advanced tools and capabilities are to compress the biological design-build-test cycle by at least 10x in both time and cost while increasing the complexity of the systems that can be designed and executed by orders of magnitude. These advancements should enable the ability to rapidly design and build new systems to create novel capabilities and to address complex challenges.”

Since the military industrial complex has already tested some of their creation in open air experiments, both to change humans from the inside and alter the environment where we humans live, the next logical step is to create living organisms from scratch. This effort will most likely begin by building a stock of parts that will be made based on human DNA or a combination of DNA and GNA, which is the DNA’s synthetic twin. This stock of parts will, in a very near future, guarantee the existence of what DARPA ultimately seeks: a never ending source of human-synthetic replacement parts to rapidly advance the transformation of humanity and the world where we live into a new environment that is sufficiently mature and adequate for the merger of human and genetically engineered machines. In a not too distant future, the people in charge of the military industry will no longer need actual humans since they will be able to create their own.

Synthetic biology, also known as Transbiology, as we demonstrated before has the capacity to produce new materials with new capabilities which will be available the same way we access satellite television today: On-demand. Note also that this technology is being pursued to satisfy military needs, not consumer or human needs. The genetic engineering field has already produced advanced organisms such as violent viruses and pathogens of the kind created by Dr. Kawaoka’s research team, which is also financed by the military industrial complex. They managed to produce a fast and easily spreading H5N1 flu virus by genetically implementing three changes on the virus’ genes.

According the DARPA’s plan, the course of its new program is supposed to go through the creation of “parts, regulators, devices and circuits” that can be used to produce genetic systems. Those systems will then serve as testing grounds for the creation of new materials which will enable their ‘assembly line’.