A team of scientists have created the world’s first human-pig hybrid in a research project that could some day be used to harvest organs for transplantation. This hybrid was created by injecting human stem cells – embryonic cells that can develop into any type of body tissue – into pig embryos. The embryos were then placed back into pigs and removed for analysis three to four weeks later, with a total of 186 being collected. Continue reading for a video and more information.
“The team piggybacked on earlier experiments that created mouse-rat chimera. Chimera refers to mixed species organisms, and is derived from the name of a lion-goat-snake creature described in Greek mythology. The research, led by scientists at the Salk Institute, will undoubtedly prove controversial and can’t be funded by public money,” reports CNET.