World’s First Human-Monkey Hybrid Created in a Laboratory in China

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“Every ten minutes, a person is added to the national waiting list for organ transplants. And every day, 22 people on that list die without the organ they need. What if, rather than relying on a generous donor, you could grow a custom organ inside an animal instead?” This is according to National Geographic.

What does that simply mean? Campusaga Media snoops to explain. It means that when a custom organ (lab-grown organs) can be obtained inside an animal, living on the mercies of a fellow human to donate an organ for another person will no longer be there. Simply, the organ will be taken from an animal of such hybrid for the transplant.

Great! The death list of those wanting and waiting for an organ to be donated will reduce to the barest minimum.

So the quest for the scientist to try human cell living and grow in another animal cell began.  Later, it was successfully proved that human cells can be introduced into a non-human organism, survive, and even grow inside a host animal.

What does the scientist do? The embryo of the non-human animal is injected with human cell early in its development and it grows with it.

The first human-animal hybrid created and announced on January 26, 2017, was Human-Pig Hybrid by a team of scientists led by Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte, who runs a lab at the Salk Institute in the United States.

Interestingly, the same team creates again, a world first-human monkey hybrid at a laboratory in China.

Hybridized, human-monkey embryos using human stem cells, is “an important step towards [Izpisúa Belmonte’s] final goal of converting animals of other species into factories of organs for transplants,” reports El País.

Isn’t this quite welcoming?