Researchers want to create human-animal hybrid embryos

London’s Telegraph on scientists who want to create human-animal hybrid embryos to harvest embryonic stem cells.  The embryos would be around 99.9 percent human and 0.1 percent animal.

Researchers hope to use stem cells to provide new treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cystic fibrosis, motor neurone disease and Huntington’s.  Chinese scientists have already shown it is possible to harvest stem cells from embryos created by transferring human cells into rabbit or cow eggs.

Maybe it’s because I’ve just read Michael Crichton’s “Next,” but what would happen if these embryos were allowed to be taken to term?

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