Japanese Scientists Receive Approval To Create Human-Animal Embryos

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The Japan Times reports on mixing and matching the components of humans and non-human animals:

Proposed experiments with animal-human embryos cleared the first regulatory hurdle Tuesday as Japanese scientists seek permission for tests that could see human organs produced inside the growing body of an animal.

Researchers want to introduce a human stem cell into an animal embryo, to create a so-called chimeric embryo, which they can implant into an animal’s womb.

The hope is that this stem cell will grow into a fully-functioning human organ — a kidney or a liver, for example — as the animal matures. This would mean when the creature is fully grown, the organ could be harvested from the animal and used for transplanting into a person in need.

Unlike in the United States, there is little public opposition to research of this kind, with domestic media coverage overwhelmingly positive, reflecting relatively high levels of scientific literacy in the country.

16 Comments on "Japanese Scientists Receive Approval To Create Human-Animal Embryos"

  1. Why is it the Eye-ball lickers seemed to be kicking our ass in scientific development? I mean seriously if this keeps up we might as well call the U.S. “land of the Troglodytes”

  2. Japan is now the Island of Dr. Moreau.

  3. BuzzCoastin | Jun 20, 2013 at 6:39 pm |

    in Greek mythology there are list of failed genetic experiments similar to this one:
    The Centaurs, The Satyrs, The Sirens, The Sphinx & The Tritons
    with the added radiation in the mix
    they should get some fun results

  4. Town Destroyer | Jun 20, 2013 at 8:04 pm |

    Yay for progress!!!

  5. Jonas Planck | Jun 21, 2013 at 5:14 pm |

    And he will be called Tiger Mazinga! Half man, half beast, equipped with an advanced motorcycle, he will defend Japan from the Queen of Monsters who waits in her hidden dimension nearby! Transform beast power! GO!

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