And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. Luke 17:26
A chimera is a mixed-species creature named after the monster in Greek mythology with a lion’s head, goat’s body, and dragon’s tail.
Genetic manipulation. Injecting human stem cells into the embryo of an animal, a viable embryo which is part human and part animal.
For the first time, scientists have grown an embryo that is part-pig, part-human.
The experiment, described Thursday in the journal Cell, involves injecting human stem cells into the embryo of a pig, then implanting the embryo in the uterus of a sow and allowing it to grow. After four weeks, the stem cells had developed into the precursors of various tissue types, including heart, liver and neurons, and a small fraction of the developing pig was made up of human cells…
The NIH in a 2016 statement, said it was worried about the chance that animals’ “cognitive state” could be altered if they ended up with human brain cells.
Some argue that, since stem cells can become any kind of tissue, including parts of the nervous system, chimeras raise the specter of an animal with a human brain or reproductive organs. Others think there’s a symbolic or sacred line between human and animal genetic material that should not be crossed.
In an effort to address the world’s growing organ shortage — an estimated 22 people a day die waiting for transplants, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — scientists have been trying to grow organs outside the human body. But organs developed in petri dishes are not identical to the ones that grow inside a living thing.
“That’s where the rationale of this kind of experiment comes in,” said Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a developmental biologist at the Salk Institute and the senior author on the study of the human-pig chimera. “What if we let nature do the work for us? What if we just put human cells inside the embryo and the embryo knows what do to?”
The article is long but worth the time to read.
Online: Washington Post – – Scientists create a part-human, part-pig embryo — raising the possibility of interspecies organ transplants
DNA multiplication sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
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