Should the US create human/animal hybrid embryos? | The Tylt
Should the US create human/animal hybrid embryos?
This New Scientist video explains exactly what's going down. But the quick version is this: scientists are finding a way to grow a human pancreas inside of an otherwise totally normal pig. If you need a pancreas to avoid death, you might just be fine if it was grown inside of a pig.
The new cells would have some pig cells, but scientists think this could help solve the shortage of good organs ready for transplant. In the future we could incubate kidneys, hearts and lungs inside pigs, perhaps made from the recipients own DNA, ensuring there wouldn't be rejection.
AJ+ does another explainer and gets to where the ethics come in: "What if human cells make their way into a pigs brain. Could that pig achieve human consciousness. Would it actually be a human, or part human or still only an animal? ... These possibilities make a lot of people very uncomfortable. That may be why so few scientists are able to work on this research. But if there was a chance a human/animal could save lives, would you be okay with the consequences?"
Bioethicist Insoo Hyun recently published a response to concerns, writing "the kinds of ethical concerns that seem to underlie this research and chimera research more generally can be adequately addressed."