Human-animal hybrids now legal to grow in Japan

Human-animal hybrids now legal to grow in Japan

[Ed. – The name of the website notwithstanding, this sounds like some pretty unnatural news.]

The Japanese government has granted its approval for The University of Tokyo to proceed with a controversial stem-cell research project that aims to develop human-animal “Frankenstein” hybrid creatures, which mad scientists at the school plan to manufacture in labs from embryo to “life.”

Led by renowned geneticist Dr. Hiromitsu Nakauchi, the work will involve growing human cells in rat and mouse embryos, which will then be brought to term in surrogate animals. Their stated goal is to eventually be able to grow functioning vital organs fit for surgical implantation into transplant patients – but is there more to the story than that?

Critics of the endeavor say that those involved with it are attempting to “play God,” or at least trying to, by reconstructing animal lifeforms in the same way that genetic scientists are reinventing plants through genetic engineering.

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