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    Reviews Now scientists create a sheep that's 15% human

    Strange news indeed.

    Scientists have created the world's first human-sheep chimera - which has the body of a sheep and half-human organs.


    The sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells - and their evolution brings the prospect of animal organs being transplanted into humans one step closer.

    Professor Esmail Zanjani, of the University of Nevada, has spent seven years and 5million perfecting the technique, which involves injecting adult human cells into a sheep's foetus.




    Chimera: sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells

    He has already created a sheep liver which has a large proportion of human cells and eventually hopes to precisely match a sheep to a transplant patient, using their own stem cells to create their own flock of sheep.

    The process would involve extracting stem cells from the donor's bone marrow and injecting them into the peritoneum of a sheep's foetus. When the lamb is born, two months later, it would have a liver, heart, lungs and brain that are partly human and available for transplant.

    "We would take a couple of ounces of bone marrow cells from the patient,' said Prof Zanjani, whose work is highlighted in a Channel 4 programme tomorrow.

    "We would isolate the stem cells from them, inject them into the peritoneum of these animals and then these cells would get distributed throughout the metabolic system into the circulatory system of all the organs in the body. The two ounces of stem cell or bone marrow cell we get would provide enough stem cells to do about ten foetuses. So you don't just have one organ for transplant purposes, you have many available in case the first one fails."

    At present 7,168 patients are waiting for an organ transplant in Britain alone, and two thirds of them are expected to die before an organ becomes available.

    Scientists at King's College, London, and the North East Stem Cell Institute in Newcastle have now applied to the HFEA, the Government's fertility watchdog, for permission to start work on the chimeras.

    But the development is likely to revive criticisms about scientists playing God, with the possibility of silent viruses, which are harmless in animals, being introduced into the human race.

    Dr Patrick Dixon, an international lecturer on biological trends, warned: "Many silent viruses could create a biological nightmare in humans. Mutant animal viruses are a real threat, as we have seen with HIV."

    Animal rights activists fear that if the cells get mixed together, they could end up with cellular fusion, creating a hybrid which would have the features and characteristics of both man and sheep. But Prof Zanjani said: "Transplanting the cells into foetal sheep at this early stage does not result in fusion at all."

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    isnt there a lot of animals that are like humans.
    horses are one.

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    Default Its a little different.

    Quote Originally Posted by kcajblue View Post
    isnt there a lot of animals that are like humans.
    horses are one.
    See that's just the thing. the word chimera means that this is a genetic hybrid.
    This sheep isn't like a genus relation to humans like a primate.
    This thing, being a chimera. Is literally. 15 % human being "genetically"

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    well. i dont think scientists should be messing around with sheep just so they can find a way to make themselves live longer.

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    Default I agree with you whole heartedly.

    Quote Originally Posted by kcajblue View Post
    well. i dont think scientists should be messing around with sheep just so they can find a way to make themselves live longer.
    Thats the reason I wanted to post this article.
    Look at what science is doing.
    This may seem appalling. It may even be disturbing.
    But its a glimpse into the future. In time people will be seeking this as a form of leisure. not just medical sciences. Look at people like marylyn manson, And the mass medias. people do shocking things to there selves to be different. unique. in the future. people will be seeking animal implants that have been genetically bred to match there own genes. just to have an eagles eye sight. or a bears strength,
    Or the physical stamina of a cheetah. or any number of physically altering aspects.

    In a hundred years. this will be as common as getting a tattoo.

    " hey look I just had the procedure done, and now I have the skin texture of a chameleon"
    These things sound like off the wall fantasy. But look at the abomination of a news article that was posted above.

    Make no mistake its coming to that.

    And its not only sad. Its kind of frightening.

    Imagine, if you will. The natural offspring of two genetically enhanced people.
    Both having different enhancements. . Those people will be giving birth to what some would consider A literal abomination.

    The world is a scary place. and sciece like this makes me glad I wont be around a hundred years from now to see what the world has come to.

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    Interesting idea, but why would you want to transplant a brain?

    And they might take over if they get smart enough.

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    Default Well bro,

    Quote Originally Posted by ExcruciationX View Post
    Interesting idea, but why would you want to transplant a brain?

    And they might take over if they get smart enough.
    I dont want to sound like a nut.

    BUt the way i see it. if we start tampering with nature trying to give anamals human properties.
    How can would not tend to think that those animals would eventualy reach a human like intelligence.
    I mean that also is not only within the realm of possibility, given enought time human curiosity will see to it that it happens, someone somewhere would see to that..

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowprophet View Post
    I dont want to sound like a nut.

    BUt the way i see it. if we start tampering with nature trying to give anamals human properties.
    How can would not tend to think that those animals would eventualy reach a human like intelligence.
    I mean that also is not only within the realm of possibility, given enought time human curiosity will see to it that it happens, someone somewhere would see to that..
    yeah i kinda agree with that too....

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    Stuff like this excites me. Shadowprophet's description of the future sounds great. Yes, there are risks; but risks just make successes more satisfying and failures more interesting.

    As for playing God...I don't see it. God wouldn't have given us the ability to think if he did not intend for us to use it. Mankind has the power of creation, just like God, and for the first time in our recorded history, we are beginning to stretch our creative muscles and learning the true vastness of our potential.

    I look happily toward the future.

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    moved to DCEmu Blog page, great news find

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