Friday, January 18, 2008

UK Reseachers To Create Human-Animal Embryos

Two UK facilities have been given the green light to merge fertilized human embryos with animal cells.

"The process involves injecting an empty cow or rabbit egg with human DNA. A burst of electricity is then used to trick the egg into dividing regularly, so that it becomes a very early embryo from which stem cells can be extracted," says an Associated Press article.

According to BBC News, [researchers] "want to create hybrids to study diseases known to have genetic causes - such as Alzheimer's disease, spinal muscular atrophy and Parkinson's disease."

This news comes only days after the FDA rules that food from cloned animals is safe, according to Rueters.
Welcome to our Brave New World.
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