WEIRD NEWS > Should Animal-Human Mixing Lab Be Shut Down?

News 2011/07/25 15:00:00
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Scientists in the U.S. have been struggling for years just to get any human embryos to work with in the lab. But in England, scientists have not only been working with human embryos, but also conducting more than 150 secret experiments mixing human-animal hybrid embryos in a search for possible cures for a number of diseases.

According to the Daily Mail Online, three labs in the U.K. were granted licenses to do the research by the 2008 Human Fertilization Embryology Act to carry out the research. They created a variety of hybrids, including an animal egg fertilized by a human sperm, a "cybrid," in which a human nucleus is implanted into an animal cell, as well a "chimera," in which human cells are mixed with animal embryos.

The revelation came after a group of leading scientists warned earlier this week of a "Planet of the Apes" scenario and called for new rules to prevent lab animals from being given human attributes. The lead author of that report said scientists were not worried about human-animal hybrid embryos because by law they have to be destroyed within 14 days, understanding that there is an imperative to pursue embryonic research, but that it needs to have "sufficient controls."

But he did insist on stricter controls on experiments in which animal embryos are implanted with a small amount of human genetic material. More than 155 of these hybrids have been created since 2008, but all the labs have stopped at this point because they've run out of funding.

Should animal-human embryo mixing labs be shut down?
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  • FordCrews 2011/07/25 15:24:57
    But this should be closely monitored, with peer review, in controlled conditions similar to a CDC top level bio-hazard lab, you really don't want unforeseen consequences if some new disease/virus is accidentally created and released on the world.

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  • DarkChild Mark P. 2011/07/25 23:14:05
    Yees it is
  • Met Mark P. 2011/07/26 01:05:08
    I"m sure people thought playing with bacteria and viruses in the name of science was sick too, then lo and behold they cured measles, mumps, and polio.

    Turn your head if you like, we'll wake you when we find the answer.
  • Mark P. Met 2011/07/26 02:44:49
    Mark P.
    When diseases that used to infect only animals mutate to where they now infect humans you might change your mind.
  • Met Mark P. 2011/07/26 03:37:38
    That's already happened...

    how would you go about finding an answer?
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2011/07/25 22:44:49
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    This. Is. Awesome. It's like all my scifi dreams have come true.
  • Contessa Sanguina 2011/07/25 22:42:28
    Contessa Sanguina
    I don't think that we should be messing with stuff like that. Like in the words of Malcolm on Jurassic Park, "Oh, yeah. Oooh, ahhh, that's how it always starts. Then later there's running and screaming." & there's this one, "Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."
  • Pete 2011/07/25 22:26:24
    Immediately!!................... Peace be with you
  • Wahvlvke 2011/07/25 22:16:30
    Heavens...let them go...they might cross a maggot with a baboon and come up with a smart democrat.
  • Steph Wahvlvke 2011/07/25 23:29:23
    Oh this made me laugh so hard. You win.
  • Wahvlvke Steph 2011/07/26 13:05:11
    Glad you enjoyed it.
  • Tom 2011/07/25 22:09:44
    This sounds like trouble brewing to me.
  • nicole bianchino 2011/07/25 22:07:18
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  • bboppitybop 2011/07/25 21:57:23
    is this reminding anyone ELSE of a science fiction movie?
  • Sass 2011/07/25 21:55:46
    We are different species, and that is the way it is supposed to be. Quit "monkeying" around.
  • Turn the Tide 2011/07/25 21:53:48 (edited)
    Turn the Tide
    I'm still struggling with the human animals that exist right now.

    For example, the psychotic human coyotes in government; Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, etc.
  • phil white 2011/07/25 21:49:00
    phil white
    So are they going to be classified as 3/5ths of a man? Then what?
  • Wahvlvke phil white 2011/07/26 23:00:43
    If that 3/5ths is a slap at the founders please read Frederick Douglas..he understood.
  • Standardtoaster 2011/07/25 21:46:28
    If even a LITTLE of this research contributes to battling diseases on this planet, let it stay.
  • RogerCoppock 2011/07/25 21:45:17 (edited)
    It's my understanding that these 'cybrid,' mixed animal and human genome cells, do not live long, and don't live at all outside the laboratory.
  • T1 2011/07/25 21:35:29
    can they build me a mermaid? i need to stock one of my lakes....
  • treaty 2011/07/25 21:25:08
    Immoral, disgusting, dangerous, deadly, inhumane, terrifying, degrading,inhumane, ungodly!!!
  • Wahvlvke treaty 2011/07/26 23:02:25
    Are you talking about the research or Obie?
  • TasselLady 2011/07/25 21:23:41
    Yes. We might end up with another Jurassic Park. jurassic park Jurassic park
  • sydneewashere☮ 2011/07/25 21:11:01 (edited)
    Of course not! The cells are only alive long enough to harvest the stem cells (14 days). So to say a Planet of the Apes scenario could happen is ridiculous. And it's pathetic that a majority of people obviously did not look into this before assuming they were creating cross-breeds.
  • John Mirra sydneew... 2011/07/25 21:40:35
    John Mirra
    Sodahead.com has a lot of ass-hats who want to believe anything they see from the movies.
  • Leantom, the Economic Ratio... 2011/07/25 21:08:13
    Leantom, the Economic Rationalist
    Even if they let development proceed, it's highly unlikely that a viable offspring would result from implanting human nuclei in enucleated animal cells.

    In order for human beings to develop, they require lots of proteins from human oocytes to control and regulate proper development.

    Again, it's highly unlikely that an offspring would actually develop from this (in fact, it's impossible).
  • cupcakes 2011/07/25 21:04:05
    cuz haterz gonna hate
  • JEN20JEN06 2011/07/25 20:50:11
    It depends. If its hurting the human or animals race, than yes. But I don't think it is and I don't think it should be shut down...
  • Quantum 2011/07/25 20:49:58
    It sounds like it could be a good idea for understanding how DNA acts with each other, but this seems to be venturing into mad scientist territory. It just sounds morally wrong.
  • Z-Wolf 2011/07/25 20:49:44
    I think they should keep going. What their during is mostly broadening our horizon. We have the chance to do things great and discover a wholly different group of life. As long as their not creating a bunch of slimy freakish blob animals that are always in pain then I'm cool. At the same time, I only ask they warn us if some crazy stuff got loose. Like in planet of the Apes. I want to know before they even got out of the building.
  • politicaljunkie 2011/07/25 20:47:48
    Eeww! Visions of H. G. Wells Island of Dr. Moreau....probably not a great idea.
  • mac -Holding Fast 2011/07/25 20:42:03
    mac -Holding Fast
    Hey SH News- the rest of the world has had free reign on embryonic stem cells. Aside from splicing mutants, there has been no innovations from them. And frankly, the chimera style can be replicated with adult stem cells. And Pluripotent cells are easily found in breast milk.

    If nothing else, this is a grossly ill-informed stance to have on the process and regardless of what you call the results, embryos are not needed.

    Save the controversy. Use ASCs and only ASCs.
  • Bill 2011/07/25 20:40:45 (edited)
    When will we have a rattlesnake with wings??? Its too dangerous if it gets outside the lab. They have smallpox now that has never been outside the lab. The smallpox was made as a weapon for war. When you play God, bad things will happen. rattlesnake wings dangerous lab smallpox lab weapon war snake with wings
  • R ~In Harry Potter I Trust~ 2011/07/25 20:39:12
    R ~In Harry Potter I Trust~
    That's just scary..find other ways to cure diseases. Don't create part animal part human freaks.
  • KeithL 2011/07/25 20:38:31
  • John Mirra 2011/07/25 20:33:34 (edited)
    John Mirra
    It could be a better world. :-) @>--\------ through biology.

    world biology

    We are so far away from something like this it is ridiculous to even consider it happening like in the movies (The island of Dr Moreau), etc. People are a bunch of ass hats.
  • Tuna John Mirra 2011/07/25 20:38:10
    Careful with what you wish for; she will EAT alot and POOP alot.
  • John Mirra Tuna 2011/07/25 21:13:46 (edited)
    John Mirra
    You can't ruin my dreams of frolicking with human / animal hybrid women. :-\
  • Time Tr... John Mirra 2011/07/25 20:53:16
    Time Traveler
    I would have preferred it if the top half and bottom half were switched.
  • Tuna Time Tr... 2011/07/25 20:59:29
    Did you know the width of traffic lanes back the earlier days and many until this day are determined by the width of horses asses?

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