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Science Misinformation: Human-Animal Chimeras

In this episode, we discussed the conspiracy theories and circulating false information around the topic of human-animal chimeras. What are they? How are they being researched? And what are the motives behind the scientists who study them?

What are human-animal chimeras?

Human-animal chimeras: ethical issues about farming chimeric animals bearing human organs

Martin Bobrow wrote a comprehensive report into the subject that we would recommend to those interested in a detailed appraisal of the topic. See the Academy of Medical Sciences Report at

What are they used for?

Generation of rat pancreas in mouse by interspecific blastocyst injection of pluripotent stem cells” Toshihiro Kobayashi Hiromitsu Nakauchi

Chimeric contribution of human extended pluripotent stem cells to monkey embryos ex vivo

Revisiting the flight of Icarus: making human organs from PSCs with large animal chimeras -


And if you made it past that image, here are some science magazines we really like and recommend!


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