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Are Human-Animal Hybrids Coming?

Are Human-Animal Hybrids Coming?

The Academy of Medical Sciences in Britain has released a report exploring the possibility of mixing human cells of genes into animals for research purposes. They say the value to research into human disease warrants discussion and further scrutiny.

In the report they say, “This report considers research that involves the introduction of human DNA sequence into animals, or the mixing of human and animal cells or tissues, to create entities we refer to as animals containing human material (ACHM).”

Specific examples they give are dramatic changes to an animal brain using human cells to evaluate what consciousness or sentience is, cross-fertilization between human and animal reproductive material such as sperm and eggs to see what develops, genetic modifications to animals to make them resemble humans more or increase their capacity for speech.

In their own words, “Breeding of animals that have, or may develop, human derived germ cells in their gonads, where this could lead to the production of human embryos or true hybrid embryos within an animal.” (Source: Academy of Medical Societies)

Splicing human genes into rats for research purposes has been done for some years. Still, some of the scenarios described above seem like science-fiction novels or movies. The film Blade Runner foresaw a future filled with biologically designed organisms, both animal and human. Maybe it isn’t that far away.

As one commenter put it, “Give it a decade or two, and humanity is going to genetically engineer some very human-like animals.” (Source: Singularityhub.com)

Image Credit: Cecil W. Forsberg

Note: the pigs pictured above contain no human genes, but were genetically modified to produce less environmentally-damaging waste.

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4:38PM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

". . . to see what develops. . ." Really? Just because you can? So, the farmer makes human/cow hybrids. for the special milk. Then, when the cow gets old, it is sent to slaughter. Yummy, cannibalism anyone?? I am a scientist at heart, but some things are just not right.

6:59PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Quite honestly, I'm SICK OF THESE ANIMAL ABUSES AND EXPLOITATIONS OF THE INNOCENT! These so called "Brilliant Scientific Minds" should be directed to help solve our environmental problems and other much more pressing issues here, to really "Make a Difference!" This is a terrible path to take and needs to be stopped!~ (In my heart I know this is wrong and terribly wrong for innocent animals who have no voice or defenses!)

6:59PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Quite honestly, I'm SICK OF THESE ANIMAL ABUSES AND EXPLOITATIONS OF THE INNOCENT! These so called "Brilliant Scientific Minds" should be directed to help solve our environmental problems and other much more pressing issues here, to really "Make a Difference!" This is a terrible path to take and needs to be stopped!~ (In my heart I know this is wrong and terribly wrong for innocent animals who have no voice or defenses!)

6:58PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Quite honestly, I'm SICK OF THESE ANIMAL ABUSES AND EXPLOITATIONS OF THE INNOCENT! These so called "Brilliant Scientific Minds" should be directed to help solve our environmental problems and other much more pressing issues here, to really "Make a Difference!" This is a terrible path to take and needs to be stopped!~ (In my heart I know this is wrong and terribly wrong for innocent animals who have no voice or defenses!)

6:57PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Quite honestly, I'm SICK OF THESE ANIMAL ABUSES AND EXPLOITATIONS OF THE INNOCENT! These so called "Brilliant Scientific Minds" should be directed to help solve our environmental problems and other much more pressing issues here, to really "Make a Difference!" This is a terrible path to take and needs to be stopped!~

6:49PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

That is sick! Frankensteinian science. Many innocent animal victims will suffer.

8:47AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

This is straight up bull sh*t. Ok the cause of diseases are man made. Including this sh*t RIGHT HERE!.

6:47AM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

scientists already make animals suffer enough ... now they've found a way to make them suffer more. Bravo, you bastards.

10:44PM PDT on Jul 25, 2012

This is disgusting. Ban vivisection!

1:19AM PST on Jan 20, 2012

Great article, thank you

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