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2016/05/18

“We’re very aware and sensitive to the ethical concerns,” … “One of the reasons we’re doing this research the way we’re doing it is because we want to provide scientific information to inform those concerns.” —Pablo Ross

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“One night, all the animals at Mr. Jones’ Manor Farm assemble in a barn to hear old Major, a pig, describe a dream he had about a world where all animals live free from the tyranny of their human masters.”

In Search For Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal And Human

NPR, All Things Considered | May 16, 2016

[Excerpt]

A handful of scientists around the United States are trying to do something that some people find disturbing: make embryos that are part human, part animal.

The researchers hope these embryos, known as chimeras, could eventually help save the lives of people with a wide range of diseases.

One way would be to use chimera embryos to create better animal models to study how human diseases happen and how they progress.

Perhaps the boldest hope is to create farm animals that have human organs that could be transplanted into terminally ill patients.

But some scientists and bioethicists worry the creation of these interspecies embryos crosses the line. “You’re getting into unsettling ground that I think is damaging to our sense of humanity,” says Stuart Newman, a professor of cell biology and anatomy at the New York Medical College.

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Mice implanted with human brain cells become smarter

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