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by The Sultanate of Rohingya Chittagong. . 2 reads.

Support for Science, Blessing or Mistake?

The Rangamati Times

The Chittagonian government announced today their unwavering support for the more controversial research topics of science. Namely the support for "Transhumanism" and the support for "Genetic Cloning". This has been met with mixed reactions by most in the country, with the topic itself being quite divisive worldwide.

Last week, one of the top researchers of Rohingya Chittagong, Raiza Sattedar, made a breakthrough whilst researching the attaching of robotic limbs to the human body. She invented a small and miniscule device that can take nerve impulses and convert them to electricity that can be utilized by machines. This is the game changer as this means nerves can be connected to wires and be used to move prosthetics near seamlessly. This generated some backlash. A lot of prominent religious priests and ethicists made objections.
"I hope the government knows what they are doing." says Ethicist Roddur Rai, "The central and regional governments, based in their underground bunkers, don't seem to get out enough to think how such moves could affect us surface dwellers."
There also has been a lot of support. A poll from the Rangamati Regional Government shows that 74% of Rangamati District's residents feel favorably about this decision.
"Finally!" says veteran Ireen Chakma who lost both arms and both legs during the Tasmanian War, "I like my currents prosthetics but they don't feel as fast as my original arms and legs. I hope this technology will help people like me finally feel how it is like to have limbs again."

Though controversial to an extent, most feel positively towards the prospect of Transhumanism. Transhumanism never conflicts with much of anything, whether it be religion or a general code of ethics and is viewed as a net positive overall. Waters get very murky however when you deal with Genetic engineering and cloning.

Two Weeks ago, the head geneticist of Rohingya Chittagong, Ashan Mahaboub, was given exclusive permission to alter living beings' genetics to produce a new lifeform. That particular incident is considered a "Pyrrhic Success" by most of the scientific community as a "New Lifeform unlike any seen before" was created, however those creatures broke free and wreaked havoc on the countryside of Rohingya Chittagong. This incident, known as the Beast of Karnafuli, changed public reception towards genetical research. It is reported that 24 people died or went missing and 14 were injured around the Karnafuli river due to the experiments.

Yesterday, a geneticist who wishes to remain anonymous due to the current disposition towards her, discovered a breakthrough in cloning human embryos. This ignited a fuse in many people, and protests erupted on the roads and surface areas of cities. Demonstrations and non compliance in rural areas also increased.
"Say No to the altering of the Natural Course!" says a protestor on the streets of Rangamati "The Government forgot what happened last time, the nightmare plaguing the Karnafuli river. We demand an end to unethical experimentation!"
An influential religious leader for the Order of Yellow, V. Kamal, stated "This is a clear violation of the natural order and is yet another time the Government is putting our safety below their so called 'progress'."
The Elected Governor of Rangamati, Bahadur A. Chakma, also spoke out against it, saying it was a "violation of The Highest order."
No official Census was taken on this matter so the exact numbers for support and opposition remain unknown. However, despite the controversy, the Central government stated their unwavering support for the breakthrough. The Minister of Health and Sanitation came out in a speech to have staunch support for the movement, stating "This will bring us nothing but good."

The question most people are asking now is whether this "Unwavering support" is good or not, whether it will truly bring only benefits. It seems a good chunk of the population believe it will bring benefits while a good chunk also believes it should be protested on the streets. Most people working here in the Rangamati Times believe so too, that this "Embryo Cloning" project is untested and dangerous.