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UK Approves Human-Pig Embryo Stem-Cell Harvest

timothy posted about 6 years ago | from the but-I-know-plenty-of-half-pig-humans dept.

Biotech 139

An anonymous reader writes "British biologists have received government approval to create the world's first human stem cells from hybrid embryos, part pig, part human. The Warwick Medical School team, led by Justin St. John of the Clinical Sciences Research Institute, was granted the country's third animal-human embryo license from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, which goes into effect today (July 1)." The above link requires (free) registration; the Telegraph's coverage does not.

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139 comments

As a matter of fact... (5, Funny)

RobertB-DC (622190) | about 6 years ago | (#24019097)

I *do* taste like bacon [slashdot.org] ! Why do you ask?

that's historically accurate (4, Informative)

circletimessquare (444983) | about 6 years ago | (#24019875)

historically cannibalistic societies in the pacific did in fact call human flesh "long-pig"

we really **do** taste like pig

"the Marquesas Islands of Polynesia, where human flesh was called long-pig (Alanna King, ed., Robert Louis Stevenson in the South Seas, London: Luzac Paragon House, 1987: 45-50)."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannibalism#Middle_Ages [wikipedia.org]

Re:that's historically accurate (4, Funny)

dreamchaser (49529) | about 6 years ago | (#24020057)

That's because our diets are very similar (omniverous) as well as many aspects of our biochemistry.

Personally after civilization falls I'll be eating the vegans first though. Grain and veggie fed free range vegan...mmmm.

Oh yeah baby (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24020399)

Most vegans I know lean left politically and don't believe in guns. Easy pickins!

Re:that's historically accurate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24021787)

Grain and veggie fed free range vegan

There's so little eatin' on 'em though, they's always so scrawny, dang it. Hafta crack their bones and sup out the marrow. Wait, hey, that'd be the best part anyways.

Re:that's historically accurate (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | about 6 years ago | (#24024217)

There's so little eatin' on 'em though, they's always so scrawny

Yes but they are often found in communes. You do the math.

Re:As a matter of fact... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24020207)

Its a quick way to get kids interested in law enforcement!

But... (3, Funny)

snl2587 (1177409) | about 6 years ago | (#24019109)

Why not half man and half bearpig? That's the approval we're looking for!

Re:But... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24019523)

Boy, that joke never stops being just as funny as it was when it was actually on South Park.

Re:But... (-1, Redundant)

tripmine (1160123) | about 6 years ago | (#24019525)

Don't you mean half bear, half man, half pig?

Re:But... (1)

WCLPeter (202497) | about 6 years ago | (#24021575)

Why not half man and half bearpig?

Because the world doesn't need another Ron Jeremy.

Now a half woman half cat that looks like Jessica Biel in a sexy leotard? Snarf!!

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24021953)

Oh Cheetara [cheezey.org] , where are you?

OT: the game (2, Informative)

FiloEleven (602040) | about 6 years ago | (#24022077)

God dammit! I *did* just lose the game, and I had a winning streak of close to 4 years, my personal best!

At least I know I'll be bringing other people down with me.

Re:OT: the game (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24022123)

PLease oh please mod parent up!

Re:OT: the game (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24024955)

OK jackass, I was lucky enough to not notice the signature of grandparent, but then you had to spoil it for me. After winning for 1 year, why did it have to happen like this:(

I can't wait until... (4, Funny)

jhfry (829244) | about 6 years ago | (#24019131)

I can't wait until my kid takes highschool biology and has to dissect a pig-man embryo.

Oblig. Doctor Who Reference (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24019191)

No, it's the work of a Piccinini (2, Funny)

tepples (727027) | about 6 years ago | (#24019619)

"The Young Family" by Patricia Piccinini [patriciapiccinini.net] brings new meaning to the insult "pigdog".

Re:No, it's the work of a Piccinini (1)

kalirion (728907) | about 6 years ago | (#24020573)

Ack, my eyes!!!!! Seriously, some warning should accompany that......

Re:Oblig. Doctor Who Reference (1)

Iowan41 (1139959) | about 6 years ago | (#24026817)

No, no, no, it is the Slitheen!

Al Gore must be terrified... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24019199)

Since this is one more step towards the unholy creation of ManBearPig, who will hopefully die by Global Warming before he can kill us all.

On a more serious note, I'm just glad its not human embryos inside of pig cells they're toying with, it's just weird, not intrinsically immoral: they aren't killing anybody.

god shmod (1)

trybywrench (584843) | about 6 years ago | (#24019211)

god shmod i want my pig man!

Re:god shmod (3, Funny)

Stormwatch (703920) | about 6 years ago | (#24020525)

If you believe the feminazis, men are pigs already.

Somewhat misleading... (5, Informative)

MozeeToby (1163751) | about 6 years ago | (#24019235)

The summary seems to imply that they are creating embryos which combine genetic material from humans and pigs. The article, on the other hand, says that they are taking 100% human DNA and implanting them into pig egg cells which have had their DNA removed. I think it's safe to to say that there is a huge difference between the two ideas.

Re:Somewhat misleading... (3, Funny)

Bandman (86149) | about 6 years ago | (#24019469)

Yes. One definitely prevents someone from tasting like bacon.

Re:Somewhat misleading... (3, Insightful)

SBacks (1286786) | about 6 years ago | (#24019493)

The summary seems to imply that they are creating embryos which combine genetic material from humans and pigs. The article, on the other hand, says that they are taking 100% human DNA and implanting them into pig egg cells which have had their DNA removed. I think it's safe to to say that there is a huge difference between the two ideas.

That may be true. But, its much more exciting to talk about manpigs than to talk about the similarities between a pig egg cell and a human egg cell.

Re:Somewhat misleading... (4, Informative)

stranger_to_himself (1132241) | about 6 years ago | (#24019533)

The summary seems to imply that they are creating embryos which combine genetic material from humans and pigs. The article, on the other hand, says that they are taking 100% human DNA and implanting them into pig egg cells which have had their DNA removed. I think it's safe to to say that there is a huge difference between the two ideas.

They would still have pig mitochondrial DNA, even if the nuclear DNA was all replaced.

Re:Somewhat misleading... (4, Funny)

cac619 (714563) | about 6 years ago | (#24020053)

Yes, and don't forget about the residual pig midichlorians that they would still have.

Re:Somewhat misleading... (1)

ross.w (87751) | about 6 years ago | (#24023487)

Those ones would look a bit like this little piggy [wikia.com] .

Re:Somewhat misleading... (3, Informative)

MozeeToby (1163751) | about 6 years ago | (#24022083)

In the hybrid, the mitochondria mostly come from the egg, initially making up around half of the DNA by weight, and the team will do experiments in order to ensure that the trace of human mitochondrial DNA takes over, not least because it is designed to work with human nuclear DNA.

Apparently they are trying to remove the Pig Mitochondria as well, or atleast make the human mitochondria dominant.

Re:Somewhat misleading... (1)

sporkme (983186) | about 6 years ago | (#24026023)

My mother is a pig, you insensitive clod!!! Wait...

Re:Somewhat misleading... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24019535)

So are these truly embryonic? I wonder if some people are going to start screaming, once they see that word. On the flip side when my wife says I'm a pig and I eat like a pig. I can say "hey, its in the genes, Babe". Pun intended.

Re:Somewhat misleading... (1)

AnalogyShark (1317197) | about 6 years ago | (#24019563)

Also to add: "They would not be used for stem cell treatments of patients because of concerns about disease and because cybrid cells may still contain rabbit DNA in mitochondria, the "batteries" of the cell. The few rabbit genes present may generate proteins that would be attacked by the human immune system, for example." A sublink from Telegraph [telegraph.co.uk] As this is a research only venture, and these stems cells are not being allowed to survive beyond the first stages of developement or used in humans, hopefully the relgious community won't strike this down like they usually do.

Re:Somewhat misleading... (2, Informative)

Richard_at_work (517087) | about 6 years ago | (#24019725)

What is being created here is a cytoplasmic hybrid embryo, where the cells nucleus is fully human DNA, but the cells mitochondria is not replaced and that has a DNA signature of its own, meaning that the cells reproduce as human, but the embryos themselves are only considered to be 99.9% human, and 0.1% animal.

Re:Somewhat misleading... (3, Informative)

Schemat1c (464768) | about 6 years ago | (#24020021)

...but the embryos themselves are only considered to be 99.9% human, and 0.1% animal.

Aren't humans also animals?

Re:Somewhat misleading... (2, Funny)

TheDreadSlashdotterD (966361) | about 6 years ago | (#24020391)

How dare you consider humans in the same class as animals! After all, we humans have created a utopia and achieved world peace, unlike those animals that can't find the decency to use a bathroom.

Re:Somewhat misleading... (1)

ardle (523599) | about 6 years ago | (#24020709)

Suppose it'd be more useful to use 99.9% human/0.1% non-human - but that includes non-animal, doesn't it. Maybe "99.9% winner/0.1% loser" or "99.9% survivor/0.1% doomed"? ;-)

Re:Somewhat misleading... (2, Funny)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | about 6 years ago | (#24022201)

...And isn't it odd that these blasphemous crimes against nature are spearheaded by a man with the saintly name of Justin St. John [warwick.ac.uk] ?

Re:Somewhat misleading... (1)

roman_mir (125474) | about 6 years ago | (#24023089)

some more so than others.

Re:Somewhat misleading... (2, Interesting)

Pantero Blanco (792776) | about 6 years ago | (#24023499)

Aren't humans also animals?


Yes, they are scientifically classified as animals. In the common meaning of the term, though, they aren't.

It's like seeing a chart comparing "Mexicans", "Canadians", and "Americans". You know what the latter refers to, despite the fact that all of the three groups live in the North American continent.

It might be more technically correct to go back to using the term "beast" to refer to non-human animals, but it makes people look at you funny nowadays.

Re:Somewhat misleading... (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about 6 years ago | (#24020111)

What is being created here is a cytoplasmic hybrid embryo, where the cells nucleus is fully human DNA, but the cells mitochondria is not replaced and that has a DNA signature of its own, meaning that the cells reproduce as human, but the embryos themselves are only considered to be 99.9% human, and 0.1% animal.

OCP don't count these hybrids as human though. Legally they are swine.

Re:Somewhat misleading... (2, Funny)

jez9999 (618189) | about 6 years ago | (#24021577)

So are lawyers, doesn't stop them getting rights.

Re:Somewhat misleading... (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | about 6 years ago | (#24019859)

The article, on the other hand, says that they are taking 100% human DNA and implanting them into pig egg cells which have had their DNA removed.

And not just the nuclear DNA, but also the mitochondrial DNA is replaced.

Still, if you could do the same to a plant cell which has a distinctly different cell structure, would you still consider the resulting cells human or not?

Is a Mac Pro running Windows natively a Macintosh or a PC? What if you replace the firmware with a PC BIOS to make it even more compatible?

Re:Somewhat misleading... (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | about 6 years ago | (#24021091)

I regard my computer as a Mac, but I doubt Steve Jobs would agree. :P

Re:Somewhat misleading... (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | about 6 years ago | (#24020085)

Meh, we have been doing this in the US for years. Look at all the fat people with tons of kids!

Re:Somewhat misleading... (1)

Pantero Blanco (792776) | about 6 years ago | (#24023529)

Meh, we have been doing this in the US for years. Look at all the fat people with tons of kids!


It would be less distressing if the "tons" were spread across more than two or three kids.

Re:Somewhat misleading... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24021565)

Correct, this is a funny little loophole which allows the cloning of humans without the whole messy calling it cloning part.

ManPig? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24019241)

We Need Duke Nukem!

Hybrid embryo @home (3, Funny)

sakdoctor (1087155) | about 6 years ago | (#24019243)

I can't wait until this technology becomes available on the mass market.
I'm going to release all my hybrids under the GPL because I like to give back to the community.

Quick, someone warn Al Gore, we will need his help (0, Redundant)

krnpimpsta (906084) | about 6 years ago | (#24019323)

This is why I voted for Al Gore. He knew about this all along. Right now it's just half pig, half man; but soon it will be half man, half bear, and half pig. ManBearPig [wikipedia.org] is real.

H.G. Wells saw this coming (2, Insightful)

andre3001 (976515) | about 6 years ago | (#24019331)

Haven't these people read The Island of Dr. Moreau?

Re:H.G. Wells saw this coming (1)

tepples (727027) | about 6 years ago | (#24019735)

Haven't these people read The Island of Dr. Moreau?

Worse yet, haven't these people played Animal Crossing?

Re:H.G. Wells saw this coming (2, Funny)

Farmer Tim (530755) | about 6 years ago | (#24019887)

I've only leafed through the brochures myself, but the wild life tour sounds good.

Re:H.G. Wells saw this coming (1)

nih (411096) | about 6 years ago | (#24020379)

yea, all we need to do is teach them about law and order, what could possibly go wrong?

Re:H.G. Wells saw this coming (1)

msu320 (1084789) | about 6 years ago | (#24022861)

Read? it's hard enough to get /.ers to RTFA... and you ask them to read a book?

Who remembers the Dr. Who episode? (1)

djtim21 (1238992) | about 6 years ago | (#24019335)

With half human half pig people :)

Re:Who remembers the Dr. Who episode? (1)

querist (97166) | about 6 years ago | (#24019489)

I can't cite any "Old" Dr. Who examples, but...

Series 1 "Aliens in London" or "World War Three". I don't remember which - but it was the "alien" created by the Slitheen to pilot the ship into Big Ben. Not a hybrid, but more of an anthromorphosed pig.

Series 3 "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks", the "Pig-slaves", which were genetically modified humans, altered by the Daleks (specifically the Cult of Skaro) for use in the their (failed) plan to take over the Earth.

Re:Who remembers the Dr. Who episode? (1)

BusinessHut (1143993) | about 6 years ago | (#24022127)

I thought the same thing. Are we going to have pig-people among us now? New DNA defects? The possible horror is endless. I have to say I support stem-cell research in general, but this is a bit weird. Is it just a loophole to harvest stem cells from humans?

Well, it was inevitable... (1, Funny)

dwiget001 (1073738) | about 6 years ago | (#24019351)

I, for one, welcome our new Pig-Boy Overlords.

Part Man, Part Swine...... (3, Funny)

snspdaarf (1314399) | about 6 years ago | (#24019359)

.... It's Leisure Suit Larry on Ladies Night!

One step closer to the (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24019411)

SPIDER MAN!

oh! wait.. ..spider pig, spider pig ...

This could be bad (2, Funny)

jbeaupre (752124) | about 6 years ago | (#24019455)

All this experimenting is going to ruin traditional long pork.

Seinfeld (3, Funny)

clang_jangle (975789) | about 6 years ago | (#24019497)

He's a Pig man, I tell ya Jerry, I saw him!

Re:Seinfeld (1)

genner (694963) | about 6 years ago | (#24019909)

Came here for this reference.
Was not disappointed.

Re:Seinfeld (1)

onehitwonder (1118559) | about 6 years ago | (#24021939)

He's a Pig man, I tell ya Jerry, I saw him!

I was hoping someone would find the Seinfeld reference in this news story!

Not so new (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24019569)

Pfft. This isn't that new.

I just got pulled over and tasered by a pig-man just this afternoon.

Re:Not so new (2, Funny)

pushing-robot (1037830) | about 6 years ago | (#24023047)

You kept calling him "bro", didn't you?

Q. Are we not men? (2, Insightful)

Mesa MIke (1193721) | about 6 years ago | (#24019637)

A. We are Devo!

Prior art (1)

Joebert (946227) | about 6 years ago | (#24019647)

I can foresee some problems with patents and prior art with this, rednecks have been creating hybrid embryos for decades.

OH LUcky Man (1)

AssTard (684911) | about 6 years ago | (#24019693)

you ever see that movie? That's a trippy movie. You know, this is going to really be a violation of my privacy to have pig men running around. What?

But... (2, Funny)

acecamaro666 (1243364) | about 6 years ago | (#24019787)

will it be Kosher?

It is a very good idea. (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about 6 years ago | (#24019789)

It is very well known that human half bear hybrids have excellent flying skills. They make excellent co-pilots for spaceships smuggling contraband evading Imperial battle cruisers. I am glad the Brits are taking the lead and having a Flying Cadet Corps ready and being prepared for the day when we actually will have starships.

Hyperpigs (1)

orkysoft (93727) | about 6 years ago | (#24019851)

So we're going to get the bad-ass hyperpigs from Revelation Space now, huh?

You don't frighten us, English pig-dogs! (2, Funny)

presidenteloco (659168) | about 6 years ago | (#24019919)

Go and boil your bottom, sons of a silly person. I blow my nose at you, so-called Arthur King, you and all your silly English k-nnnnniggets. Thpppppt! Thppt! Thppt!
GALAHAD:
What a strange person.
ARTHUR:
Now look here, my good man--
FRENCH GUARD:
I don't wanna talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!

lucky pig-man hybrids (4, Funny)

speedtux (1307149) | about 6 years ago | (#24020055)

They get the 30 minute orgasms, and they have the hands... well, you get the picture.

They also get to eat all they want, and they probably don't mind being called "pigs".

What's the big deal? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24020229)

We got em here in Phoenix. They're 300lbs and ride around on electric scooters.

Re:What's the big deal? (1)

ruin20 (1242396) | about 6 years ago | (#24021451)

Around here they wear blue and drive crown vics with pretty lights.

I have a boner. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24020291)

Miss Piggy for real? can't wait.

What I'm waiting for... (1)

NormHome (99305) | about 6 years ago | (#24020299)

The first pig / bird hybrid, then that'll be the day when a pig really will fly!

sick and wrong (5, Insightful)

fish_in_the_c (577259) | about 6 years ago | (#24020447)

I do favor research into genetics and much of the medical advancement that might be made with it.

However, even the comments on this board show that people are made uncomfortable by this idea. Mostly jokes, that mask a certain discomfort from what I read.

The end result of such experimentation with human genomic material is the trivialization of the human person.

It is precisely that trivialization which has been the cause of every grossly unjust large scale act taken by human beings. The ability to see others as merely raw material to accomplish our goal is an underlying premise in the Nazi holocaust, white separatists movement, in slavery as was practiced in the American south , in the sweat shops of years past.

This kind of experimentation only re-enforces that idea, that human beings are nothing but animals, so why shouldn't they be treated like them?

It should not be allowed by any civilized nation and any nation that does allow it has already become less civilized by the very action.

It is precisely that trivilisation which has been the cause of every grossly injust large scale act taken by human beings. The ability to see others as mearly raw material to accomplish our goal is an underlying premise in the Nazi holocaust, white sepremists movement, in slavery as was practiced in the american south , in the sweat shops of years past.

This kind of experimentation only re-enforces that idea, that human beings are nothing but animals , so why shouldn't they be treated like them.

It should not be allowed by any civilized nation and any nation that does allow it has already become less civialized by the very action.

Don't worry (1)

jameskojiro (705701) | about 6 years ago | (#24020763)

The Anthropomorphism of animals will help to offset things this time, maybe we can thanks the furries. Heaven forbid....

Re:sick and wrong (3, Interesting)

The Creator (4611) | about 6 years ago | (#24021191)

This kind of experimentation only re-enforces that idea, that human beings are nothing but animals

So what are you suggesting that humans are then?

Re:sick and wrong (2, Interesting)

VanGarrett (1269030) | about 6 years ago | (#24022707)

Those who can comprehend the congruities of human and animal genetics, but cannot comprehend that we are set apart from animals by our collective intelligence, ingenuity and sentiences, deserve to be treated as animals. It is only logical to observe that we are constructed of the same materials and by the same processes as our companions on this planet. We are not silicon-based automatons, after all. It would be foolish of us to not exploit these similarities, if we can use them to improve ourselves, altogether. Let those who cannot tell the difference between themselves and the beasts, be beasts, themselves.

Re:sick and wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24023369)

Or maybe they're just laughing at people like you who think this is wrong.

Oh, wait, you mentioned Nazis. Also you spelled "merely" and "civilized" wrong.

For that you lose. Also, I'll criticise your sig by saying it should end with "...my punnish head."

A quote from Chairman Yang (1)

Atmchicago (555403) | about 6 years ago | (#24025191)

Why do you insist that the human genetic code is "sacred" or "taboo"? It is a chemical process and nothing more. For that matter -we- are chemical processes and nothing more. If you deny yourself a useful tool simply because it reminds you uncomfortably of your mortality, you have uselessly and pointlessly crippled yourself.

* Chairman Sheng-ji Yang, "Looking God in the Eye"

Just another reason (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24020535)

For my wife to call me a "pig"

lucky pig-man hybrids (1)

Dubhglas (1317869) | about 6 years ago | (#24020955)

Everyone who has seen Malcolm McDowell in "O Lucky man!" wants to know: does this involve the Millar Clinic?

What could possibly go wrong?! (3, Insightful)

mlwmohawk (801821) | about 6 years ago | (#24021357)

Does anyone see the inherent danger of making a hybrid which could create an evolutionary path for diseases which are isolated in pigs to infect humans and vice versa?

Humans wiped out by a virus never able to get a grip on human DNA and/or pigs wiped out by viruses never able to infect pigs.

This is no joke. This stuff is crazy and a real concern. Just because it is a well researched and studied idea, doesn't mean its a good idea.

Fuck asteroids and global warming, genetic research will wipe us out long before the other methods by which we've been seeking to kill ourselves.

Now the theological question, does man-pig have a soul? Will it go to heaven? What if it has intelligence? I mean, G. W. Bushpig. couldn't be much smarter.

Re:What could possibly go wrong?! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24021609)

Not according Al Gore. Human-Bear-Pig won't go to heaven, because it is evil and is guilty of increasing global warming.

Re:What could possibly go wrong?! (2, Informative)

bob_herrick (784633) | about 6 years ago | (#24022541)

I think you need to go back and reread the refernce. This article from the UK [telegraph.co.uk] makes it pretty clear that

We will take skin cells from patients who have a mutation for certain kinds of heart disease (cardiomyopathy, which makes the heart lose its pumping strength) and put them into pig eggs after their chromosomes have been removed. We will then make embryos so that we can attempt to derive embryonic stem cells which will allow us to study some of the molecular mechanisms associated with these heart diseases.

That 'attempt to derive embryonic stem cells' is not going to leave a viable embryo behind. Sorry, no man-pigs, just cells to culture and use for heart repair.

Man Bear Pig (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24021737)

Splice some bear's genome in and we will get man bear pig.

Risky business (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24021855)

This is how you create cross species deceases. Feed chicken shit to sheep and cows and you get Creutzfeldt-Jakob. Create polio vaccines in Africa and you get AIDS. If you want to experiment please use human tissue.

This confirms it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24021891)

Video footage [youtube.com]

Frankenpiggy over period? (2, Interesting)

Magdalene (263144) | about 6 years ago | (#24022505)

I am moderately surprised that this type of research is still going on/causing such controversy.

One would think that with all the evidence pointing at things like:


Multipotential Stem Cells from Menstrual Blood [biotech-weblog.com] ,
  Menstrual Blood Can Provide Adult Stem Cells [taragana.net] ,
  Menstrual Blood: A Valuable Source Of Multipotential Stem Cells? [sciencedaily.com] ,
  Stem Cells Have Utility in Fighting Disease> and [reuters.com]
  New type of stem cell from menstrual blood [upi.com]
 

would have convinced these scientists to give up splicing pig butts to people and go to the controversy free stem cells by now. Perhaps they don't wan't to get their fingers wet.

Mr. Garrison's: "Well, I'm sorry, Wendy. But I just don't trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn't die." Was supposed to be irony, you know irony, its a metal, like goldy and silvery.

-m

Orcs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24022961)

Oh My Dear Eru IlÃvatar!

Sauron's back! And this time the bad-ass has access to electron microscopes and technicians...

Whatever...Anyway you think about it, this is probably a very bad thing if it ever works.

~d

PS:
To save SOMEBODY the trouble:

I for one welcome our Orcish overlords!

In second age Mordor, Pigs clone you!

1) invent man/pig hybrid
2) ?
3) Profit.

etc...

well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 6 years ago | (#24023939)

I for one welcome our human-pig hybrid overlords

Meh...it has all been done before (1)

hiojay (1318063) | about 6 years ago | (#24025549)

People...this is old news!!!! The actual first human pig embryo was successfully created almost 50 years ago. It even has a photo, check it out: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000102/ [imdb.com]

Approval for Bears next? (1)

blankoboy (719577) | about 6 years ago | (#24025769)

All we need now is approval for Bear embryos and Al Gore's will be right!! - ManBearPig
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ManBearPig/ [wikipedia.org]

"ManBearPig, half man, half bear, half pig, who roams the Earth and attacks humans".

It's just butchery of the finest kind (1)

4latinos (786143) | about 6 years ago | (#24026647)

I can not believe this shit.. Some predictions I've read in the past are coming true! f&*k! "armies of half pigs half humans will be sent one day to kill normal humans" science? bull shit.. they will not fear enemy's bullets or knives and will not cry either.. the "perfect soldiers" this is shit.. to all honesty.. 800 more years of this to past the worst though.. in the meantime, we can't do more than watch.. observe how we eat ourselves in our own labs.. and how we exterminate the natural life and the planet.. outrage of the worst kind will you just sit behind your pretty screen watching this shit just develop? well, what else can we do? I know.. invest your devalued dollar in their company, to make "their" dreams come true! all for the sake of the dollar.. dreams of seeing shares rise in value..? only temporary though.. shit dreams or short temped riches.. how sad.. but there is hope.. our spirit lives past this crap.. even if we ruin our bodies..
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