(If you click through to the study, you will see that they used the baby “brain material” to grow brains that were full adult size. -nvp)
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and H. G. Wells’s Island of Doctor Moreau warned of the horrors that might be achieved through science unmoored from morality. But we didn’t listen:
Scientists at the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology in the Netherlands aimed to grow a brain in early-mid development and so used the brain tissue from aborted fetus’ that were in the gestational period of weeks 12 through 15.
Similarly, the communists running China harvest organs from prison camp detainees killed by the government.
Anonymous donors agreed for scientists to use the tissue for research purposes only.
Oh, that’s all right then. Carry on.
The team found that by splitting the fetal brain organoid, it would reform at twice the original size within 20 to 30 days of culture.
This full process continued over eight months, with the mini brains eventually growing to 1,500 cubic centimeters in size, at which point its growth slowed down but could be maintained.
The terms “consciousness” and “soul” don’t come up in the story.
The stated purpose sounds great: to cure childhood brain cancer. However, the words “without limits” should raise the hair on the back of your neck:
‘We work together with passion and without limits every day to improve the survival rate and quality of life of children with cancer. Now, and in the long term,’ Princess Máxima Center said, adding: ‘Because children have their whole lives ahead of them.’
Unless they get aborted for being inconvenient and have their brains harvested.
On a tip from Heckrules.