The genie is now definitely out of the bottle in terms of humans having the power to manipulate life. These Japanese experiments are ostensibly being done for purposes of increasing options for human patients in need of organ transplants. That sounds great at first glance, but like many emerging technologies, there can be a down side. First of all, who decides what is morally appropriate when it comes to genetic engineering? Which individuals and institutions will have the authority to approve experiments like this in our society and why? Does the “concern about the possibility that human cells might stray beyond development of the targeted organ, travel to the developing animal’s brain and potentially affect its cognition” mean that animals with human brain cells will be considered “more human”? or “near human”? #animal-human-hybrids #genetic engineering
Read the article in nature.com below.