Chimeric Future Getting Ever Closer?


It sounds like some Frankenstein horror fiction, but Stanford University recently injected human cells into mice embryos to create the first human/animal chimera. The mice created as a result of this experiment were 1% human.

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Some researchers are speculating about human-chimpanzee chimeras – creating a humanzee……Fusing a human and chimpanzee embryo – which researchers say is feasible – could produce a creature so human that questions regarding its moral and legal status would throw 4,000 years of ethics into chaos. Would such a creature enjoy human rights? Would it have to pass some kind of “humanness” test to win its freedom? Would it be forced into doing menial labour or be used to perform dangerous activities?

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