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Scientists create world's first ever synthetic embryos

By T.K. Randall
August 3, 2022 · Comment icon 20 comments

It's an impressive breakthrough, but where could it lead ? Image Credit: Pixabay / fernandozhiminaicela
Embryo-like structures with a brain, intestines and a beating heart have been created by scientists in a lab.
The technically impressive, though morally questionable achievement was reported by researchers at the Weizmann Institute in Israel who used stem cells from mice to create 'synthetic' embryos without the need for sperm, eggs or fertilization.

"Remarkably, we show that embryonic stem cells generate whole synthetic embryos, meaning this includes the placenta and yolk sac surrounding the embryo," said Prof Jacob Hanna.

"We are truly excited about this work and its implications."

In the future, synthetic embryos could be used in place of real animal embryos in medical testing, while also offering new sources of cells and tissue for human transplantation.
Those worried about the possibility of scientists creating synthetic creatures using this technique, however, need not worry as the embryos do not have the capacity to grow into actual animals.

There are also no plans at present to create synthetic human embryos.

"Synthetic human embryos are not an immediate prospect," said Dr James Briscoe.

"We know less about human embryos than mouse embryos and the inefficiency of the mouse synthetic embryos suggests that translating the findings to human requires further development."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (20)

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Comment icon #11 Posted by Portre 2 years ago
Boys from Brazil?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
Were the Nazi's who created those clones religious?
Comment icon #13 Posted by XenoFish 2 years ago
So replicants.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Tatetopa 2 years ago
Are they working in a state that won't let them be destroyed because they have souls?
Comment icon #15 Posted by psyche101 2 years ago
Why not exactly? In fact , why this instance specifically?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Abramelin 2 years ago
It's a movie. It's fiction.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Abramelin 2 years ago
All those against these experiments will sing a different song as soon as they need a new.liver, kidney, skin, whatever.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
Comment icon #19 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
Some of us won't.   
Comment icon #20 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 2 years ago
Good now do a Dinosaur embryo 

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