Genetically modified organism: The Chimera

ImageAnimals have long been experimented in laboratories in order to answer problems in human transplant and aging, such as the Methuselah mice, pigs with man-made corneas and monkeys with manipulated genes that force them to work without any compensation.

Currently, Stanford University’s one of the best researchers Irving Weissman vowed to start a half-breed mouse- human. The study intents to inject human brain cells to the brains of the developing rodent to check and see what will happen next.  The National Academy of Sciences will reveal Stem cell research guidelines to support the study.

Professor Henry T. Greely, director of the Center for Law and Biosciences and leader of the committee said that, ”If the mouse shows human-like behaviors, like improved memory or problem-solving, it’s time to stop.”

H.G. Well’s 1896 novel The Island of Dr. Moreau:

I’m not sure why scientists are fixated on the idea that small rodents can help humanity, but I’ve been seeing it a lot lately. Besides the Methuselah mouse example mentioned earlier, rat neurons in a dish are being taught how to fly planes; and hairless mice have been used to grow human ears:

On the hand, the sheep too took part in this shocking scientific breakthrough. It was noted that it had 15 percent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells, their development can bring forth an anticipation of animal organs being transplanted to humans.  University of Nevada’s Professor Esmail Zanjani, spent seven years and £ 5 million to its perfection, this includes injecting adult human cells to the sheep’s unborn young.

In addition, the process involves extracting stem cells from a person’s bone marrow and after which injects it to the peritoneum of a sheep’s fetus. When the lamb is born it would have a liver, heart, lungs and brain that are not completely human.


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