Kirby (R-Loganville) says scientists did it at Cornell University with the embryos of jellyfish, merged with the genetic material of human beings. Kirby says it's time to draw a legislative line. His bill proposes to make it unlawful "to create a human animal hybrid."
"And I say no. And that's what the bill is really about," Kirby said Friday at the Georgia Capitol. Kirby emphasizes he is not trying to stop research that uses animal genetic material to cure human diseases. His bill specifically exempts such research from his proposed ban.
Still, the bill has drawn its share of skeptics.
"You've got to be real careful when you're dealing with scientific matters, that you're not doing something that has unintended consequences," said Sen. Steve Henson, D-Tucker and Senate minority leader.
But Kirby is undaunted. Beings that co-mingle the traits of humans and, say, fish should remain within mythology he says, and away from the laboratory. He went down a laundry list of such creatures:
Mermaids: "Y'know the mermaids in the ocean, that's been around for a long time," Kirby said. "I don't think we should create them. But if they exist, that's fine."
Centaurs: "Y'know I really don't like centaurs," Kirby said of the half-man, half-horse mythological character. "They really have bad attitudes most of the time and we've got enough people with bad attitudes as it is."
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