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In an interview with The Scotsman, Dr Calum MacKellar, director of research at the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, warned the controversial draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill did not prevent human sperm being inseminated into animals.
He said if a female chimpanzee was inseminated with human sperm the two species would be closely enough related that a hybrid could be born.
He said scientists could possibly try to develop the new species to fill the demand for organ donors.
should we beware the apeman's coming?
Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov's studies was his attempt to create a human-ape hybrid. As early as 1910 he had given a presentation to the World Congress of Zoologists in Graz in which he described the possibility of obtaining such a hybrid through artificial insemination.
In 1924, while working at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, Ivanov obtained permission from the Institute's directors to use its experimental primate station in Kindia, French Guinea, for such an experiment. Ivanov attempted to gain backing for his project from the Soviet government. He dispatched letters to the People's Commissar on Education and Science Anatoliy Vasilievich Lunacharsky and to other officials. Ivanov's proposal finally sparked the interest of Nikolai Petrovich Gorbunov, the head of the Department of Scientific Institutions. In September 1925 Gorbunov helped allocate US$10,000 to the Academy of Sciences for Ivanov's human-ape hybridization experiments in Africa.
Originally posted by SE7EN
One thing that just botherd me is. This is how AIDS started humans mateing with chimps! Thats if I was told right?
Originally posted by 44soulslayer
reply to post by SilentShadow
I must admit though..... Im incredibly curious about what this hybrid would look like, how intelligent it would be etc. If it had the manual dexterity of a human; if it could learn both human and ape communication etc etc.
Morally I'm against it. Scientifically, I'm hoping a mad scientist in a lair somewhere will try it.
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Originally posted by MarktheSkepticUK
I dont think we need to explain how its wrong. We just know it is. It would depend on how self aware the thing that came out would be i thnik.