Chimeras

Holy crap.  It’s not science-fiction anymore—combining human and animal genes.  I couldn’t even stand The Island of Dr Moreau, with Val Kilmer, let alone…Chimeras.  Hopefully all the embryos never made it out of the laboratory.

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See, there's this thing called biology...

News on the biology front just gets scarier by the minute. Also, I need to stop reading the Daily Mail.

So according to the Daily Mail, Scientists have created more than 150 human-animal hybrid embryos in British laboratories” I really hate it when my science fiction comes to life.

So, back in 2008, the Human Fertilisation Embryology Act and the desire to study stem cells have somehow led scientists to start creating human-animal hybrid embryos.

“Chimera” for those that don’t know is a rather broad term used to describe mixing cells from two different species. It’s based on Greek mythology, the Chimera being the monstrous fire-breathing creature that often looked like a lion with spare parts from a goat sticking about it. In the Iliad Homer calls it “a thing of immortal make, not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle.” Catching sight of a Chimera…

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