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Blutwölfin
Friday, June 30th, 2006, 08:45 PM
Scientists have begun blurring the line between human and animal by producing chimeras—a hybrid creature that's part human, part animal.

Chinese scientists at the Shanghai Second Medical University in 2003 successfully fused human cells with rabbit eggs. The embryos were reportedly the first human-animal chimeras successfully created. They were allowed to develop for several days in a laboratory dish before the scientists destroyed the embryos to harvest their stem cells.

In Minnesota last year researchers at the Mayo Clinic created pigs with human blood flowing through their bodies.

And at Stanford University in California an experiment might be done later this year to create mice with human brains.

Scientists feel that, the more humanlike the animal, the better research model it makes for testing drugs or possibly growing "spare parts," such as livers, to transplant into humans.

Watching how human cells mature and interact in a living creature may also lead to the discoveries of new medical treatments.

But creating human-animal chimeras—named after a monster in Greek mythology that had a lion's head, goat's body, and serpent's tail—has raised troubling questions: What new subhuman combination should be produced and for what purpose? At what point would it be considered human? And what rights, if any, should it have?

There are currently no U.S. federal laws that address these issues.


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nordicdusk
Friday, June 30th, 2006, 08:55 PM
This is truely shocking i mean animal/human cross i think we have enough with people being 100% human.

Gorm the Old
Saturday, July 1st, 2006, 01:28 AM
If ever anything qualified as "playing God", this making of animal-human chimæras does. It is monstrous, immoral and indecent. It reflects the attitude of many biologists that man is "just another animal" and we need not consider the rights of these monsters any more than we do those of laboratory mice....Paging Dr. Frankenstein.