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Green Light for Human/Animal Hybrids

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the monkeymen-soon-to-be-our-servants dept.

Biotech 292

Henneshoe writes "BBC News is reporting that two research facilities have been given the green light to create part human, part animal embryos. According the the report, 'Scientists want to create hybrid embryos by merging human cells with animal eggs in a bid to extract stem cells. The embryos would then be destroyed within 14 days.' The decision to allow the embryos was made after research showed that people in large are OK with the idea."

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I can hear the excuses already... (5, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084506)


"Your Honour, I was just working on creating a Human/Sheep hybrid."

Re:I can hear the excuses already... (3, Funny)

JustShootMe (122551) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084728)

I was going to make a comment about men in Montana being light years ahead of this research, but you beat me to it.

At least this way the sheep aren't nervous.

Re:I can hear the excuses already... (2, Funny)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084850)

Yeah, but if the technology really worked, everyone in New Zealand would already be a billionaire several times over.

Re:I can hear the excuses already... (1)

linumax (910946) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085142)

Yeah, but if the technology really worked, everyone in New Zealand would already be a billionaire several times over.
or with over 40 million sheep if it goes awry... [wikipedia.org]

Re:I can hear the excuses already... (4, Funny)

russ1337 (938915) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085202)

Hey! I'm a New Zealander!!!

You did remind me of the story my uncle told me about the time he was on the farm with an Australian businessman. Coming over the brow of the hill on the tractor he saw a sheep with its head stuck between the wires in the fence, so being a true New Zealander he did what you suggested - attempted to make a human / sheep hybrid.

When he hopped back on the tractor he said to the Australian "Hey mate, do you want to have a go?" And before he could say anthing more the Australian businessman got down off the tractor, walked over to the sheep and ....



Stuck his head through the wires.

Re:I can hear the excuses already... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22085136)

"Your Honour, I was just working on creating a Human/Sheep hybrid."
This is one area the governments of the world would love to see success. They have been trying to turn people into sheep for untold millenia, to varying degrees of success.

Re:I can hear the excuses already... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22085144)

"merging human cells with animal eggs"

Which human cells? And how are you going to get them close the the animal eggs?

I just can't help feeling this just means a bunch of scientists violating some poor sheep, then feasting on lamb chops two weeks later.

Where do I apply for my research license?

ObBart (1)

sharkey (16670) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084528)

God, schomd, I want my monkey-man!

Re:ObBart (1)

Type-E (545257) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084886)

You got George W. Bush. Or was he half human, half ass?

Re:ObBart (2, Funny)

0p7imu5_P2im3 (973979) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085060)

You were half right with that. I hear the Dems were considering his likeness for their logo.

Re:ObBart (1)

Leftist Troll (825839) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085240)

No, he's the five-assed monkey.

Up Next .... your own personal Hell-Boy (1)

HW_Hack (1031622) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084536)

Can I get horns with that ?

Sweet! (3, Funny)

foreverdisillusioned (763799) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084550)

Dibs on platypus!

People in Iarge? (4, Funny)

faloi (738831) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084552)

Do they speak English in Iarge?

Nope... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22085062)

They speak American [all4humor.com] .

Re:People in Iarge? (1)

carrier lost (222597) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085066)

Do they speak English in Iarge?

This is how it starts. First it's embryos, then they're in larging people.

Re:People in Iarge? More imPORTantly... (1)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085228)

Will they have a green light on on their foreheads?

(And, will their entry into the world mark them as greenhorns?)

people in large are OK (5, Insightful)

KillerCow (213458) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084574)

The decision to allow the embryos was made after research showed that people in large are OK with the idea


I am glad that we are trusting the unwashed masses to make important technical decisions that they know nothing about. If Britney says it's safe, then it must be. God bless Democracy.

I, for one, welcome our species hopping virus overlords.

Re:people in large are OK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22084722)

Not to mention the talking killer cows!

Re:people in large are OK (1)

easyTree (1042254) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084726)

I, for one, welcome our species hopping virus overlords.

Lol!

My favourite slashdot meme.

Re:people in large are OK (5, Informative)

ajs (35943) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084772)

I am glad that we are trusting the unwashed masses to make important technical decisions that they know nothing about.
I think you misunderstand... the government almost certainly wanted to make sure that there would not be backlash against the idea after having ALREADY made their decision on a technical level (since the advisers in question would have been the ones to bring the issue to that level). However, I'm sure they formed the question in a reasonable way that didn't imply that the island of Dr. Moreau would be coming to a Kwiki-Mart near you. Slashdot, on the other hand....

Even the summary, once you get past that horrid title, makes it clear that we're not talking about changing the DNA involved, but rather using eggs from animals to grow cells that were taken from a human. I can't really imagine why I'd have a problem with growing cells from a human that way vs. previous experiments that have cultured human cells in a stand-alone environment.

Re:people in large are OK (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085046)

It seems reasonable to me as long as the animals are treated in the most humane manner possible. I would have some reservations as to what methods would be acceptable for extracting the eggs -- hopefully this would be done without harm to the animal.

Pursuing a true human/animal hybrid ala changing DNA would be, IMHO, wreckless and unethical. In any respect, in almost every case, such an experiment would fail anyways. Human DNA isn't compatible in that way with many other species -- maybe chimpanzees (and even that's a stretch), but that's about it. In any respect, as you point out, that's not what they're doing here.

Re:people in large are OK (0, Flamebait)

0p7imu5_P2im3 (973979) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085246)

I can't really imagine why I'd have a problem with growing cells from a human that way vs. previous experiments that have cultured human cells in a stand-alone environment.

The only thing changed by using a live pre-embryonic cell from an animal is that you now has a slightly higher success rate. If allowed to continue to adulthood, the resulting adult would be just as human as you (assuming you are) or I (pretty sure I am).

This is a classic case of wolf in sheep's clothing, only reversed. No matter what you do with human cloning, so long as the DNA is decidedly human, a human is killed when "embryos would then be destroyed. [FTA]"

Note that it takes a large change to make a set of DNA inhuman. The differences between your DNA and mine are many small differences, however the differences between a monkey's DNA and ours constitute an order of magnitude (perhaps even 2 or 3) greater number of differences.

Re:people in large are OK (1)

GreggBz (777373) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084934)

..and they'll never have a reason to learn anything about it if we keep making all the decisions without them.

Or, maybe they should just ask us experts at slashdot for our opinions.

Re:people in large are OK (2, Insightful)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084962)

The problem is that the scientific community is usually OK with the idea. They know the limits and the problems best, and know how far they can move ahead without doing something that would make them avoid looking in the mirror.

It's the "unwashed masses" that protest most - people with no clue, no understanding, loaded with prejudices and unwilling to learn - and they can be a serious roadblock. After all, a vote of a scientist is worth the same as a vote of a redneck, but there's 1000 rednecks for each scientist, so let's follow the voice of the majority!

Only if most people are OK with given idea, the lawmakers are willing to give green light to the scientists to progress.

Will they? (0, Offtopic)

patricioalba (1209754) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084582)

[...]"Scientists want to create hybrid embryos by merging human cells with animal eggs in a bid to extract stem cells. The embryos would then be destroyed within 14 days."[...] Will they be destroyed? I doubt it http://www.spymac.com/details/?2324191 [spymac.com]

Re:Will they? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22084802)

Hey, this is the same link [slashdot.org] you posted Dec. 29th. Trying to drive traffic to a site or something? We're watching you...

Re:Will they? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22085148)

this is the only link this fucking spammer posts... and it is done with multiple accounts on multiple sites as seen HERE [google.com]

it is part of some stupid need to be #1 at spamming people into coming to his shitty site to "Win"

paging... (5, Funny)

debatem1 (1087307) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084584)

Dr. Moreau unavailable for comment.

Oooh... (2, Funny)

DaTrueDave (992134) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084588)

Gives new meaning to saying that your girlfriend is a fox!

Yes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22084590)

We furries WILL have our day after all! I guess I know where we need to have our next convention.

Re:Yes! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22084696)

Yes. In a wood chipper.

There already are UK furry conventions (2, Insightful)

greenreaper (205818) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085168)

There already are two furry conventions in the UK - RBW [rbw.org.uk] and ConFuzzled [confuzzled.org.uk] . See the furry convention map [greenreaper.co.uk] for more worldwide.

Bzzzzzzzzz (1)

southpolesammy (150094) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084616)

Presumably none of these so-called "people at-large" have ever seen the movie "The Fly" [imdb.com] .

Re:Bzzzzzzzzz (2, Funny)

Surt (22457) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084736)

Sure they did. They rooted for the fly.

Re:Bzzzzzzzzz (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084818)

Which one? The human who slowly turned into a giant fly? or the unshown, but presumed by symmetry fly that slowly turned into a tiny human?

Argh (1)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084630)

DAMMIT i don't want my first life to be second life :(

Green light for animal cruelty (0, Troll)

Dara Hazeghi (1076823) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084642)

This is animal cruelty, plain and simple. Do you know how many embryos are going to be destroyed, and how many animals are going to be sacrificed to get said embryos, in order to do this ridiculous research? There are better ways to get stem cells people. I have mixed feelings about stem cells anyway... yes they're great for possibly fixing spinal cord injuries and growing new pancreai for type I diabetics but I fear that over time a rich elite will be able to live indefinitely with ready made clones from harvested stem cells. This research makes a frankenstein much closer to reality. Just what we need.. the rich living forever.

Re:Green light for animal cruelty (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22084732)

>> This is animal cruelty, plain and simple.

Plus, they don't taste as good as the original animals.

Re:Green light for animal cruelty (5, Insightful)

pla (258480) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084798)

This is animal cruelty, plain and simple.

Because 14-day-old embryos have such well-developed nervous systems that they can appreciate (nevermind even "experience") pain?



Do you know how many embryos are going to be destroyed

No. Do you?

More importantly - So what? At that stage of life, you have organic scum in a tube. What it could someday turn into has no relevance to its status at that developmental level.



There are better ways to get stem cells people.

Yes - Yes, we do indeed have better ways. But the goddamned fundies don't seem inclined to let us use the numerous extra embryos from human fertility therapies (nevermind abortions), so we need to find new, even more absurd, ways to get them.

Re:Green light for animal cruelty (1)

Spokehedz (599285) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085082)

You sir, pwn.

Re:Green light for animal cruelty (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22084874)

Sure, animal cruelty, maybe you should complain to god, after all he/she/other made animals (according to a book which probably wasnt finished or translated properly).
But also according to that book, god has plans for everything, so, all of this cloning and other stuff is just part of gods plan.
In which case god plan you to make that comment, and planned me to really with this one.
so, in conclusion where all god, just talking to ourself.

pfft, but i would like to see halfings, elves, etc, and dragons,...yes, humans spliced with lizard/reptile dna, possibly even dinosaurs. all of them, a big multi headed beast.

great, now i have to type the secret word jigsaw twice!

Re:Green light for animal cruelty (4, Interesting)

thanatos_x (1086171) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085052)

So you not only take issue with human stem cells, but animal stem cells as well. You have concern for the small number (say 10,000) of animals which may die to provide the embryos.

Somehow you seem more horrified that those 10,000 die to provide embryos (which you so clearly point out can be used to ease human suffering) than the millions upon millions of animals that die every year to feed us (inefficiently, from a calorie viewpoint), or the thousands of animals which get tested on.

Why people care so much about things which are never self-aware, let alone capable of feeling pain, yet turn a blind eye to the suffering of people (and animals) that is very real astounds me. Darfur? No, you're more outraged about stem cell research.

You can have moral issues with both, but please get your priorities straight. Hundreds of thousands dying and starving for NO good reason compared to cells with hundreds of deaths that were going to happen anyway (abortion isn't going away, even if made illegal) that may alleviate the suffering of millions.

Re:Green light for animal cruelty (1)

ianare (1132971) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085076)

I hope you are a veggan, otherwise you animal rights accusations are completely hypocritical.
As for the rich getting better medical care than the poor, this has always been the case, always will be. However, in many countries, the poorer get a minimum amount of health care, and if significant advances are made using stem cells, those people would benefit as well.

Re:Green light for animal cruelty (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085200)

"This is animal cruelty, plain and simple. "
no it's not, not by any stretch of imagination...well, except you and a few deluded others.

"Do you know how many embryos are going to be destroyed, and how many animals are going to be sacrificed to get said embryos, in order to do this ridiculous research?"

No, and the research isn't ridiculous, it's needed.

"...but I fear ..."
That explains your emotional reaction and lack of actual logic."

"he rich living forever."
Why is that bad? It's not like when they die the money gets returned. From a financial standpoint, they DO live forever.

"This research makes a frankenstein much closer to reality."

Except it has nothing in common with the book or the movie 'Frankenstein'. In fact, what the hell would be wrong with being able to bring the dead back to life?

This research will let us stop aging, and eradicate the disease of aging and dying of natural causes then I'm all for it. I want to live forever. and ever. and then some.

Public Permission? (5, Interesting)

ranton (36917) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084652)

Since when should the perception of the public decide what research is done and which is not? I can at least understand why a panel such as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority would want to have their opinion heard, but why would they waste their time consulting the public?

Why even create such a government body if they were just going to conduct opinion polls to make their decisions? If you are going to assemble a panel of scientists and ethicists to regulate the scientific community (well at least in the UK), at least you would hope they would use their expertise instead of referring to the public.

Re:Public Permission? (2, Insightful)

Surt (22457) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084780)

The only reason for these bodies to exist is to make sure the peasants don't care enough to pick up their pitchforks. If the peasants don't care, the research proceeds. If the peasants are pissed off, public education campaigns occur first.

Re:Public Permission? (2, Insightful)

Chandon Seldon (43083) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084974)

The only reason for these bodies to exist is to make sure the peasants don't care enough to pick up their pitchforks. If the peasants don't care, the research proceeds. If the peasants are pissed off, public education campaigns occur first.

In a perfect world, maybe.

Back in the real world, enough irrational protest can prevent valuable research from occurring - and leave the related commercial sector scraping by with dysfunctional, archaic, and dangerous technology. For a good example, see nuclear power in the USA.

Re:Public Permission? (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084876)

Since when should the perception of the public decide what research is done and which is not?
Try asking an abortion doctor.

Re:Public Permission? (1)

Buelldozer (713671) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084882)

Maybe because the peasants are helping to pay for it?

This really has to be one of the few times I've seen someone argue for LESS public input here on /.

Re:Public Permission? (4, Insightful)

ranton (36917) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085158)

Maybe because the peasants are helping to pay for it?

Public money spent on things the public wants is what charity organizations are for. Spending money on things for the good of the people, but that is something the average person wouldnt want to pay for himself, is what the government is for.

Re:Public Permission? (3, Interesting)

Serge_Tomiko (1178965) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084904)

Since when should the perception of the public decide what research is done and which is not?

In the United States, governmental authority and sovereignty rests with the "public". Presumably, their perceptions guide their exercising of their power.

I have always found the issue of sovereignty a bit strange in the United Kingdom. In the end, the law either derives from the people or the monarch. In either case, a panel of scientists is irrelevant as they do not exercise political power, at least not beyond that of any other citizen.

Re:Public Permission? (0)

ThePlague (30616) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085248)

Wrong. Governmental authority and sovereignty begins and ends with the constitution. The US is a republic and not a democracy.

Re:Public Permission? (1)

Sebastopol (189276) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085014)

you're kidding right? read about a period of human scientific study between 1936 and 1945, in Germany. then think about what role the public should play.

Re:Public Permission? (2, Interesting)

ranton (36917) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085120)

I wasnt talking about having no regulation. But if you RTFA, and then read more about the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority at their website: http://www.hfea.gov.uk/ [hfea.gov.uk] , you will find that it is a panel consistant of doctors, scientists, and ethicists. In my post I was saying that it is people like this that I would like making these decisions, not joe six pack.

Re:Public Permission? (1)

Malevolent Tester (1201209) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085278)

Since when should the perception of the public decide what research is done and which is not?

Since May 1 1997.

Hung like a... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22084654)

no longer just a figure of speech

Re:Hung like a... (2, Funny)

bondjamesbond (99019) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084710)

Yeah. Sign me up for the human-compatible (hung like a...) appendage transplant.

I think I dated one of these (1)

InsMonkey (324276) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084656)

I think I dated one of these...

Suddenly... (5, Funny)

pwnies (1034518) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084662)

Furries across the world rejoiced in their parents' basements.

better late than never (4, Informative)

I8TheWorm (645702) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084674)

Approved over 4 years after Chinese scientists [newsmax.com] apparently already began experimenting with the same.

Oh, and the obligatory "I for one welcome our new <insert your own human/animal hybrid here> overlords."

And because China does it it's good? (1)

lennier (44736) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085124)

Better hurry up and build that Internet censorship proxy fast, the Chinese are beating us at that one too.

Re:better late than never (1)

Dr_SimonCPU (1181635) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085232)

I, for one, very much welcome our Jessica Alba look-alike human-cat hybrids.

Creating chimeras? (1)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084684)

That's the most deprived form of alchemy their is...

HAND SOLO CHEWBACCA PENIS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22084698)

While jacking off my face will explode into a Jabba The Hut orgasm look

Awww... (4, Insightful)

pla (258480) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084702)

The embryos would then be destroyed within 14 days.

So, anyone else consider that the single most dissapointing part of this?

They'd almost certainly not live long enough to ever call them infants, but even in the steps they do last through, we could learn so much by watching how they develop differently from either human or other-half embryos.

And if they actually lived to term, well, I would consider their cognitive develpment nothing short of fascinating to observe.

I'm no ultra conservative... (0)

TimeTraveler1884 (832874) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085002)

They'd almost certainly not live long enough to ever call them infants...
But what if they do? I am not comfortable with humanity taking such reckless leaps without even a clue of what the possible consequences are. Our society has become one of instant gratification; I really hope our science does not either.

Re:I'm no ultra conservative... (2, Informative)

Cedric Tsui (890887) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085146)

What you have is a little blob of animal stem cells with a few human stem cells thrown into the mix. Both are multiplying, but we mostly have animal cells. What would likely happen is once the embryo's cells begin specialization and an immune system develops, it would kill off all the human cells leaving itself crippled, deformed and dying.

Re:Awww... (1)

ultracool (883965) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085150)

If you actually RTFA, they are not attempting to create new species or anything like that. They want to extract stem cells. That is all right now.

Planet of the Apes (2, Funny)

sammyo (166904) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084706)

No wait, a human-roach hybrid, now that could like become the actual true master race...

Re:Planet of the Apes (4, Funny)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084758)

No can do. Our nuclear arsenal would be obsolete overnight.

Re:Planet of the Apes (2, Insightful)

tlon (154006) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084944)

Human-Roach Hybrid - Don't they call that "Lawyer"?

How is this better? (5, Interesting)

shadylookin (1209874) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084716)

I know a lot of people are against cloning human embryos extracting the stem cells and then aborting them. So how on earth could splicing humans cells with animals, harvesting it, and then aborting it possibly be construed as better? Personally I don't care either way, but I can't see how you could be happier with cross species embryos than with good old cloning from a moral standpoint

Re:How is this better? (3, Insightful)

Surt (22457) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084912)

A significant number of the religious fundies would say that a half human monster thing cannot have a soul, so you get a big win over the pure human when you kill it (note that most fundies are not vegetarians, for example, and are perfectly ok with killing animals for research).

Re:How is this better? (1)

iamdrscience (541136) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085084)

The difference is that one may be considered an affront to human life whereas the other is more likely to be considered an affront to God.

While an affront to God may at first seem worse, you have to realize that there are more scientists who don't believe in God than there are who don't believe that they're human.

Re:How is this better? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22085098)

Getting egg cells from animals is easier than getting egg cells from humans (in that the animals are not given the right to object to having their eggs harvested).

Bring it! (1)

mugnyte (203225) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084744)


  Man, this sounds very fun. I have no clue what they'd create in beyond the 14 days (very unlikely to survive anyway) - the idea that there will be a generation of scientists experienced with work like this is exciting!

  In some years from now, some regime will pay for the experiments to continue the 14 growth into longer periods, perhaps drilling a way towards useful organs. I seriously doubt a full creature could ever result - really. But I'd certainly like to be able to graft on a tail that wasn't rejected because it used my cells as a root.

Island (3, Interesting)

Dan East (318230) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084796)

The embryos would then be destroyed within 14 days.

I have a hunch that some lab tech would end up with a private Island of Doctor Moreau in their garage, via a few test tubes that were somehow misplaced at the lab.

Dan East

Furrys (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22084806)

And thus, the first furry was born!

I'd have been... (1)

kabocox (199019) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084836)

You know weirdly, I'd have been o.k. with it, but now reading the slashdot headline, I'm against it for some weird reason. Why is this?

I'm o.k. with having pigs and other animals genetically engineered to grow ideal human organs for transplant into humans. I could care less about the animal. I'm also o.k. with vat like bacteria/yeast making various human hormones and other things. I don't care about animals of other species being mass slaughtered for our benefit. I eat at McDonald's every day so I enjoy the fruits of mass slaughtering cattle. It's got to be that it's in a slashdot headline that makes something about this inherently wrong.

This headline feels "wrong" for some reason.

They Shouldn't Destroy Them! (1)

lbmouse (473316) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084840)

I want to adopt one [penguincomics.net] .

So... (1)

errxn (108621) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084852)

...I guess that makes Mansquito a documentary, then?

I believe human beings and fish can.. (1)

Carbon016 (1129067) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084922)

...co-exist peacefully..within the same egg.

Real hybridization? (1)

roggg (1184871) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084938)

So, my question is, is this truly a case of hybridization (ie a cross of human and animal genetic material with attributes of both), or is this inserting human DNA into an animal egg to grow human stem cells? TFA is pretty lacking in any kind of detail.

Green light? (1)

Kingrames (858416) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084984)

You know, since human beings are all biologically classified as animals and the word hybrid has a fuzzy definition to say the least, I would think that everyone would already have the "green light go-ahead" to go and reproduce the old fashioned way. Of course, I could be wrong.

I for one... (2, Funny)

monopole (44023) | more than 6 years ago | (#22084986)

... welcome our new Manimal overlords.
Especially if they are in Neko Mimi Mode [animegalleries.net] .

The furries are going to love this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22085042)

literally.

-ac.

Manbearpig (4, Funny)

biscon (942763) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085064)

Something half pig, half manbear must come out of this.
Better call Al Gore.

Re:Manbearpig (1)

Freeside1 (1140901) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085160)

I think it'll be more half man, half bearpig.

The implications are clear: (1, Funny)

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085074)

God made man
But he used the monkey to do it
Apes in the plan
Were all here to prove it
I can walk like an ape
Talk like an ape
I can do what a monkey can do
God made man
But a monkey supplied the glue

-JOCKO HOMO

Yes, but... (1)

colonslash (544210) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085078)

Are they safe to eat?

yes but.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22085094)

does it have 4 asses?

oblig. southpark reference

Is it can be Trogdor tiem now? (1)

snarfies (115214) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085110)

Trogdor was a man!
I mean, he was a... dragon-man!
Er, maybe he was just a dragon
But he was still
TROGDOOOOOOR! TROGDOOOOOR!

AND THEN TROGDOR COMES IN THE NIIIIIIGHT!

TFA didn't mention... (3, Funny)

MiniMike (234881) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085116)

Will there be overlords?

Validates the Religious Right (4, Insightful)

goldspider (445116) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085152)

Remember how everyone said "Aww shucks! We're just going to use cloning for stem cell research! We'd NEVER do anything funky like crossing humans and animals!" in response to cloning critics?

Well now those critics have been validated, and the Religious Right has more ammunition with which they can stall actual valid medical research.

This is what unrestrained morbid curiosity gets you. Too bad productive science as a whole has to suffer.

Re:Validates the Religious Right (0)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085230)

"We'd NEVER do anything funky like crossing humans and animals!" "
no, who said that? And did they speak for everybody? I expect and DESIRE them to do so.

This is of course a direct result of them cutting off federal funding from stem cell research.

Timely photo from the fringe: Dog / human hybrid? (1)

StefanJ (88986) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085170)

This creepy thing [pravda.ru] is most likely a freakishly deformed puppy, but I'm sure it will be good for some tabloid news stories.

the human/ipod hybrid... (1)

havenskate (964747) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085186)

I hope they're not planning a human/ipod hybrid... That could be what leads to the inslavement of the human race! If only we would have known they'd unite and overthrow the humans -- I can see it now!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtsHLLqs1D0 [youtube.com]
sigh

Suggestion (1)

B3ryllium (571199) | more than 6 years ago | (#22085192)

The tagline at the top should be changed to:

"From the Department of Dr. Moreau"
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