April 01, 2008
Human-Animal Hybrid Embryos Created In Britain

How long till wolf-boy gets created?

Scientists at Newcastle University have created part-human, part-animal hybrid embryos for the first time in the UK, the BBC can reveal.

The embryos survived for up to three days and are part of medical research into a range of illnesses.

Are you upset by this?

It is only a matter of time before humans with some animal DNA get created. One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century is going to be the question of what attributes are necessary for an intelligence to be a rights-possessing being.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2008 April 01 10:30 PM  Bioethics Humanity Definition


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David Govett said at April 1, 2008 11:20 PM:

Over the coming decades, millions of new species will be loosed upon the world by clever teenagers who will wonder what will happen if they combine this and that. Evolution will be pedal to the metal.

Innovation Catalyst said at April 2, 2008 6:59 AM:

One word: Maninmal.

Brock said at April 2, 2008 8:55 AM:

"One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century is going to be the question of what attributes are necessary for an intelligence to be a rights-possessing being."

Our culture already ascribes certain rights to non-human animals. I think it's pretty clear that we'll veer to the generous and give rights to anything with the wherewithal to understand what rights are and ask for them.

TTT said at April 2, 2008 12:49 PM:

It is a matter of time before China creates human/pig hybrids, and puts them in meat products shipped to the US. Then the news story will break about how Americans were eating sausages and pork products that had the meat of human/pig hybrids.

That will be a media circus.

pa2k said at April 2, 2008 1:28 PM:

Another word: Manbearpig.

matthew said at April 2, 2008 4:46 PM:

and in other news...

an elephant has painted a picture of another elephant

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LHoyB81LnE

PJ said at April 2, 2008 6:31 PM:

At last, Cosmo Kramer's "pig man" is possible.

Tj Green said at April 3, 2008 4:14 PM:

This research is about Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Diseases of aging. I welcome all research, but we should be going after the cause(aging) not the effect(diseases of aging). I see very little research on moving these remaining thirteen mitochondria genes in to the cell nucleus. Remove the cause and there is no effect.

Randall Parker said at April 4, 2008 8:06 PM:

pa2k,

I appreciate your high cultural reference. Manbearpig indeed. Is Mr. Twig the result of genetic engineering? I recall that guy who ran the genetic engineering lab who genetically engineered creatures. He reminded me of Marlon Brando.

Tj Green,

I agree: We need to move those mtDNA genes out of harm's way into the safety of the nucleus. How much would aging be slowed down if we did that?

Randall Parker said at April 4, 2008 8:09 PM:

TTT,

Picture the day when vats allow us to grow human tissue outside of a full human body. People will be able to grow their own tissue in a vat and then eat their own tissue. Self cannibalism. I predicted self cannibalism 5 years ago.

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