Scientists in Japan Get the Green Light for Human-Animal Hybrids
The University of Tokyo is set to develop human-animal hybrids after the Japanese Government lifted its ban on controversial stem cell research.
Hiromitsu Nakauchi, director for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in the University of Tokyo and Nakauchi Lab team leader in Stanford is the first person to be approved for the controversial experiments that will try to grow human stem cells in rat and mice embryos before they are brought to term in an animal surrogate.
Scientists say the goal is not sinister, despite the fact that many people feel that these studies are equivalent to playing God. Theoretically, developing animals with human-cell organs will produce organs that could be used to transplant in humans and cut down the long waiting lists for organ donations.