Teenage Mutant Ninja HUMANS?
This is not to be confused with the cross-breeding that occur "naturally," or at least under the guidance of Husbandry Technicians (a.k.a. farmers that help animals 'do it'). Sure, there are Ligers (half lion-half tiger), Zonkeys (half zebra-half donkey), and my favorite - the Wolphin (whale-dolphin). These creatures are hybrids, and these hybrid offspring were created by more natural means. Although, hybrids themselves are sterile.
And this isn't like the case of Oliver that made worldwide news as being some sort of Humanzee. This chimp looked and acted human. He even walked upright ALL THE TIME. Chimps can indeed walk upright, but only for a few yards. He mixed drinks, used the toilet, and washed his hands. The normal chimps stayed away from him, which was just fine with Oliver since he preferred human socialization anyway.
We're talking about scientists taking human stem cells and injecting them into animals.
Sounds creepy, doesn't it?
In the last year or two, these are just a few samples of these new lab-borne chimeras:
In China, they were able to fuse HUMAN cells with rabbit eggs, which grew into embryos and were destroyed.
In Minnesota, they created pigs that have HUMAN blood running through their bodies.
In Nevada, scientists created sheep with HUMAN livers and hearts.
And in California, they injected HUMAN brain cells into the brains of mice.
Of Mice and Men indeed!
Why would scientists do this? Many reasons. They would be able to test medicines on animals with more accurate measurements on how it would work for humans. For example, a mouse with human immune systems could be used to test drugs trying to combat AIDS. They could learn more about how brain cells form in the hopes of curing Parkinsons. Human organs could be harvested from these chimeras in order to save human lives.
The National Academy of Sciences has already made known it's recommendations concerning chimeras. Canada has already banned their creation. Scientists are treading carefully, but there are some inherent risks with what they're doing.
In California's Silicon Valley, they've already got mice running around with 1% human brain cells in their brains. Eventually, they want to create mice with 100% human brain cells! They would still have mice brains but made up of human brain cells.
Ok, the thought makes me shiver.
Now imagine this...what if they successfully create mice embryos with human brain cells and the human cells organize inside of these creatures? What if the human cells attach and migrate to other parts of the mice's bodies like their reproductive systems. Then...two of these human brain mice mate? Oh my...the end result would be...