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Ian Sample, science correspondent
Friday January 13, 2006
British scientists are seeking permission to create hybrid embryos in the
lab by fusing human cells with rabbit eggs. If granted consent, the team
will use the embryos to produce stem cells that carry genetic defects, in
the hope that studying them will help understand the complex mechanisms
behind incurable human diseases.
Plans for the experiments have been put forward by Professor Chris Shaw,
a neurologist and expert in motor neurone disease at King's College
London, and Professor Ian Wilmut, the Edinburgh University-based creator
of Dolly the sheep, as a way of overcoming the shortage of fresh human
eggs available for research.
The resulting embryo would contain only a tiny amount of rabbit DNA in a
microscopic structure that generates energy in the cell. The rest of the DNA
would be human.
If you put cells from one species into the egg of another,
the egg may divide, but you could get a lot of genetic abnormality
that won't lead to good quality stem cells
Will the child be human? Will it be a rabbit?
Right now he or she will just be a science experiment.
AND I can't help but think that any information gleened
from this couldn't possibly help humanity. I don't see
how injecting any other creatures DNA into me could
be healthy at all. Prehaps that's because I'm not a
scientist and there is some good ... but I just see trouble.
Like human stem cell technology hasn't been under private development since WW2
We're allowed to hear about and comment on the freaky stuff - but anything that might benefit us is suppressed. Why? Because insurance companies don't want to provide coverage.