Geneticists in California have combined human and pig cells into a composite embryo. The hope is the research will produce replacement organs.
I, for one, welcome our new pig-man overlords.
A HYBRID human-pig embryo has been injected into a sow’s womb as scientists push the ethical boundaries of science in the hope that they can create lifesaving donor organs.
Scientists from the Salk Institute – a biological research organisation in California – have taken cells from pigs and people to create an embryo that was then inserted into a female pig.
Rosie O’Donnell said the insertion was quick and painless.
Lead author of the research, Izpisua Belmonte, said: “This is long enough for us to try to understand how the human and pig cells mix together early on without raising ethical concerns about mature chimeric animals.”
I’dd be all for this if you could carve yourself up and enjoy some crispy, delicious bacon. But an army of pig soldiers? Pass.