Thursday, December 12, 2019
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Scientists create human-sheep hybrid embryos


Posted on Sunday, 18 February, 2018 | Comment icon 5 comments

Could we grow replacement organs inside sheep ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 George Gastin
The research aims to solve donor organ shortages by making it possible to grow human organs inside sheep.
With thousands of people on the organ transplant list dying each year due to a lack of donors, scientists have long striven to find a way to produce replacement human organs on demand.

To this end, Dr Pablo Ross from the University of California and colleagues have reported a major breakthrough in their research involving the introduction of human stem cells in to sheep embryos.

Although currently only around 1 in 10,000 cells in the embryos are human, further work could eventually make it possible to produce sheep with specific human organs.
These could then be harvested for transplant in to human patients.

"It could take five years or it could take ten years but I think eventually we will be able to do this," said Dr Hiro Nakauchi of Stanford University, one of the team members involved in the research.

While the team's results look promising, there have been ethical concerns over producing a sheep with human DNA - especially if that DNA were to influence the animal's brain development.

"I have the same concerns," said Ross. "Let's say that if our results indicate that the human cells all go to the brain of the animal, then we may never carry this forward."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (5)

Tags: Sheep

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Chaldon on 18 February, 2018, 20:37
Sheepish donor brains? Sounds promising, presidents of our planet certainly require such transplants.
Comment icon #2 Posted by fred_mc on 19 February, 2018, 15:14
I wish they could grow human organs in labs, that they don't have to do it inside of animals.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hankenhunter on 24 February, 2018, 3:55
So, Stevie Nicks? 
Comment icon #4 Posted by third_eye on 24 February, 2018, 4:43
hmmmmm ... human sheep lamb chops ... nom nomm nommmm ~
Comment icon #5 Posted by glorybebe on 24 February, 2018, 6:05
I thought they announced they could do this a while ago


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6610822
276274
182906

 
'Area 51' among 2019's most searched terms
12-11-2019
Google has revealed the events, people and things that were searched for the most over the last 12 months.
Flock of birds falls dead from the sky in Wales
12-11-2019
Authorities are investigating what might have caused an entire flock of starlings to suddenly drop dead.
'Expedition Bigfoot' reveals new video evidence
12-11-2019
A team of TV Bigfoot hunters have released a video clip of an unidentified creature picked up on thermal camera.
Celtic warrior unearthed in major Iron Age find
12-10-2019
Archaeologists in England are hailing the discovery as one of the most significant finds of the millennium.
Stories & Experiences
My reptilian encounter
11-24-2019 | Ireland and Australia
 
The day I found out I am immortal
11-24-2019 | Hialeah
 
Recent activity in my home
11-24-2019 | Kansas City, MO USA
 
The houndsman
10-26-2019 | Michigan, USA
 
Birthday balloon
10-26-2019 | Usa
 
Devil man in a suit
10-26-2019 | Ohio
 
I accidentally called myself ?
9-28-2019 | United States
 
Giant wolf in my basement
9-28-2019 | Connecticut
 
I saw a shadow figure...
9-26-2019 | Australia
 
A haunting in Iowa
9-26-2019 | Central City, Iowa
 

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
What is the biocentric universe theory ?
Posted 12-6-2019 | 38 comments
TheoryInk takes a look at the concepts behind the idea of a biocentric universe.
 
Interview with Sophia the robot
Posted 11-21-2019 | 13 comments
The popular robot recently made an appearance on 'This Morning' in the UK.
 
Coke and butane
Posted 11-17-2019 | 0 comments
The Slo Mo Guys return with another dangerous slow-motion stunt.
 
 View: More videos
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2019
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ