Are you a man or a mouse?
Chimeric experimentation is producing animal-human hybrids. This time, science really has gone too far
Tuesday March 15, 2005
What happens when you cross a human and a mouse? Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke but, in fact, it's a serious experiment recently carried out by a team headed by a distinguished molecular biologist, Irving Weissman, at Stanford University.
Scientists injected human brain cells into mouse foetuses, creating a strain of mice that were approximately 1% human. Weissman is considering a follow-up that would produce mice whose brains are 100% human.
Hirvittää ajatella, mitä muuta voidaan tehdä ja on ehkä vuosikausia tehtykin salaisissa, maanalaisissa laboratorioissa eri puolilla Yhdysvaltoja.