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"BEIJING, March 26 (Xinhuanet) -- Scientists have created the world's first human-sheep chimera -- which has the body of a sheep and half-human organs, according to news report Monday.

The sheep have 15 percent human cells and 85 percent 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 about 9.8 million dollars perfecting the technique, which involves injecting adult human cells into a sheep's foetus.

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."

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20...nt_5897670.htm

Disturbing as hell!
 

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so, how human do you think it would have to be to stop people from killing it?
Not too close to "100% human animal", because obviously being that is not a reason to not be killed (by others of the same kind) till this day.
 

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This is just plain dangerous. What a great way to give hoof and mouth disease, and other animal diseases, an easy pathway to mutate to a human-contagious form.
 

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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.
Who would want a brain transplant? Especially from a sheep?
 

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This is just plain dangerous. What a great way to give hoof and mouth disease, and other animal diseases, an easy pathway to mutate to a human-contagious form.
indeed.

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i wonder if they raise the percentage of cells that are human will they feel obliged to extend civil rights to sheep?
 
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