Scientists create monkey-pig hybrid in China

James Marshall
December 8, 2019

Nevertheless, the work continues, and while the deaths of the two piglets (and the low success rate in creating the chimeras) is a setback, this isn't likely to be the last we hear of the project.

The two piglets, born in Beijing, China, died within a week.

This is the first report of the full term chimera pig-monkey, State Key Laboratory of Stem Cells and Reproductive Biology researcher Tang Hai, a co-author on the new paper about the birth, told the magazine.

Though each died inside per week and gave the impression to be regular, the child animals had genetic materials from cynomolgus monkeys of their coronary heart, liver, spleen, lung and pores and skin.

But critics have warned that the scientific development will create "disturbing" dilemmas over the ethics of human-animal hybrids.

Saving human lives is a great thing, of course, but raising pigs stuffed with human guts only to kill them and harvest their innards raises some pretty serious ethical concerns.

The five day old piglet embryos - thousands of them, remember? - were injected with monkey stem cells that had been modified to contain a fluorescent protein.

Experts suspected that the failure has to do with the IVF process.

Douglas Munoz, a neuroscientist at Queen's College in Kingston, Canada realizing the venture changed into a deadly road to pass down. "And what happens if these stem cells turn into sperm cells?"

Even though the pigs died within a few days, the scientists are going to keep trying to create healthy animals with a much higher concentration of monkey DNA.

"Realising the promise of human-monkey chimera research in an ethically and scientifically appropriate manner will require a coordinated approach", he said.

A team of researchers in China has successfully mixed DNA cells of a monkey with a pig embryo, creating the first every "pig-monkey".

It's hoped the analysis may supply an alternative choice to organ donation.

Around three people a day die in the United Kingdom according to the NHS and 12 in the USA because replacement organs can not be found.

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