Science once again openly “playing God”….Pt 1

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Spider-goat milking

Adam Rutherford, left, and Randy Lewis milk Freckles, the silk-producing goat. Photograph: BBC

Watching the BBC program “Horizon:  Playing God” recently had me both transfixed and horrified at the depths to which scientists are prepared to go to get ahead of others in their field, & to be the ones to provide the next new world-changing concept.

Having a strong interest in science myself, I can honestly understand where scientists are coming from on one level, in constantly wanting to break new ground, & find new things, or improve on old ideas etc, but at some point there has to be some sanity within the discipline that recognises that some things truly aren’t meant to be tampered with, & while they may feel that need outweighs any possible detriment in the short term, one has to wonder what the long term repercussions will be.   Science now is already well into blurring the boundaries on all levels as we’re continually indoctrinated, by the multitude of natural history TV programs. into believing that we’ve “evolved” from the animal kingdom anyway, so we should be quite comfotrtable about mixing ourselves back into it again.

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Feline nonketotic hyperosmolar diabetes – a curable rarity…

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Just as a digression from my normal content of posts, inka-05.jpgI figured this one might be useful to do since it’s such a rare occurrence and also something which at one time I tried vainly to gain useful information on.

In 2001 my then 10-year-old cat Inka became suddenly and seriously ill fairly rapidly. However, when I looked back I could see there were warning signs which I’d ignored or put down to other circumstances. He was one of two outdoor cats, so when I noticed that I had to replenish the water bowl more often than usual I tended to put it down to the warmer weather or the fact that they were both on a purely dry food diet. He’d always been somewhat of a greedy cat too, so when he started looking for food more often again I just ignored it as I was trying to keep his weight to a reasonable level as he was already a barrel despite being on diet food and never leaving the back yard (unlike his brother who did). He was also a very nervous cat who didn’t take well to changes and if memory serves me right he’d just coped with a lot of stress through my having building work done in the couple of months prior to his illness. I had to go away for 3 or 4 days in May that year, and my brother was looking after him, but while he felt Inka was perhaps a bit off colour he equally didn’t see anything majorly wrong with him. However, the minute I went outside I did – Inka was totally out of it, semi-comatose, unable to lift his head or walk – really on the brink of death which was a total shock. The vets immediately assessed him as being in shock but as their initial tests didn’t indicate diabetes it took a while before his blood tests returned to show that his blood sugar was horrendous – 35 mmoles/L (in UK units a normal value would be 4.5-7) and thus I was warned his chances of survival were very slim. The next day after they’d made a lot of enquiries throughout the UK, they diagnosed him as having the rarer form of NKHO diabetes and stated that he was at that time one of only 4 other cats in the UK with the condition, and that up to that point, most others diagnosed with the condtion tended to die within the first week. However, he not only made it past the first week, but went on to be discharged home to me two weeks later, at which point we both had to deal with daily ear pricks and blood tests, as well as continually high blood sugars and equally high insulin doses. Six weeks later we were still battling not only with his DM but also his worsening asthma and general poor condition through being stuck indoors in a small room for weeks on end as he needed to preserve his energy for recovery.

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Size v strength :)

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This one has probably done the rounds 10 times over, but heck is it cute! Well worth yet another visit 🙂   No commentary needed for once.

Animals in Heaven?

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Bet this topic will divide the camp to a degree. Those who own pets will most likely say Yes, while non animal lovers maybe hope No, but scripturally it’s quite an interesting topic to review.tikvah-clear.jpgHaving always not only lived with pets of various types, but also grown up in the country and ran a wild bird hospital in between trekking around the countryside watching birds and also breeding birds, I have always had a great love for nature and the outdoors etc. However, although I’ve been a Christian for many years, and kept and lost many pets, mostly cats in that time, it’s only been over the past decade really that I’ve started to wonder about this topic of whether we will be reunited with our pets in particular in heaven. I’ve always just sort of hoped so, like most pet owners, but now I’m more than convinced of the reality of it.

Firstly, when God created man He gave Him all the animals, birds etc to name, and the text denotes a relationship of sorts between Adam and all the rest of creation – there’s certainly no mention at that point of animals fearing him or him having to chase them around to have contact. And initially there was no mention of eating any of them either. After the fall however, that changed, and suddenly man was no longer a friend to creation having brought it all under judgement by the fall, until after the flood when the animal kingdom in particular was to become a food source as God then specifically states:

Gen 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

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