In case you are wondering what some scientists are doing with human embryos in UK labs these days, well wonder no more. They are creating human-animal hybrids.
They have grown more than 155 animal-human embryos, allegedly to treat illnesses down the road. This has been going on since the 2008 Human Embryo Fertilization Act. The various creations include an animal egg fertilised by a human sperm; ‘cybrids’, in which a human nucleus is implanted into an animal cell; and ‘chimeras’, in which human cells are mixed with animal embryos. Read here: 150 Animal-Human Hybrids Grown in Private UK Labs
Prior to this, they were injecting human DNA into animal combos such as the rabbit-cow pictured above. “…Tests suggest that combining human DNA with an egg cell taken from a female rabbit or cow does not work.
Although the human-animal hybrids looked normal under the microscope, they were genetically flawed, meaning they may be of little use to medicine or science.
British cloning pioneer Sir Ian Wilmut described the findings – published today by a team of U.S. researchers – as ‘very disappointing’…” Read here: Failed experiments