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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 https://stemcellres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13287-016-0345-9


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 http://www.acmedsci.ac.uk


What are they used for?


Generation of rat pancreas in mouse by interspecific blastocyst injection of pluripotent stem cells” https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20813264/ Toshihiro Kobayashi Hiromitsu Nakauchi


Chimeric contribution of human extended pluripotent stem cells to monkey embryos ex vivo https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(21)00305-6?utm_source=EA


Revisiting the flight of Icarus: making human organs from PSCs with large animal chimeras - https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25280216/


WARNING: THE FOLLOWING IMAGE IS NOT REAL!


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