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MAD SCIENTISTS: NIH Prepares To Fund Part-Human, Part-Animal Chimera Research

In a controversial move last week, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) posted a blog. It said it will be changing its policies, last revised in 2009. It is now developing policies to allow human stem cells to be placed in animal embryos, creating a genetically modified human-animal hybrid for research. This class of new being is called a chimera. Or, as NIH put it, “we propose to slightly expand the current prohibition on the introduction of human pluripotent cells into non-human primate embryos.”

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