The U.S. Health Agency Is Waiting On Government Funding, For Human-Animal Hybrids Study






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According to the announcement by the U.S. Health Agency, the National Institute of Health is hoping to get government funding in order to conduct a study inserting human cells in animal embryos.

Although critics are warning of the ethical consequences, the study will try to create a mix of human being and an animal. According to the activists fighting against the idea of human-animal hybrids, this will completely destroy the species on Earth.

NIH states that the controversial study will have major breakthroughs in fighting many diseases, like Parkinson`s and Alzheimer`s, and it can be used in growing organs for human transplants, which will definitely solve the problem of constant shortage of body parts.

They issued “Guidelines for Human Stem cells research” in 2009, which is banning the use of human cells in animals and breeding animals created with human sperm cells or eggs. The Guideline was praised by the activists fighting against human-animal hybrids.

Then again, in 2015, NIH prohibited the researches on using human cells with animal brains. After a while they changed their mind, and now they want to conduct studies in the field they have banned.

Critics warn that this proposed study will raise many ethical issues, because this subject is still controversial and unacceptable by the modern society. Altering the animal brain with human cells is very unethical, since animals don`t have the right to make a decision on this matter.


Stuart Newman, a researcher at the New York Medical College, states that if the government backs up the study, the animals will be exposed to suffering, and that the NIH should not be allowed to explore this area. As he says: “For example, we have created pigs with human brain, and they are wondering why we are experimenting on them. And the opposite case, humans with animal brains. You`ll probably say that they are not really humans, so it`s OK to experiment on them and harvest their organs. Maybe this scenario is a bit extreme, but even the idea of creating human-animal hybrid was extreme and unacceptable 20 years ago, so it`s the scientific direction we should not take. Plus, there are no laws which can stop this from happening.”


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The NIH is not listening to what critics have to say. Their Associate Director for Science Policy, Carrie Wolinetz has issued a statement on their official web page, stating that the decision of the agency, on the thing they have previously banned, can help the agency`s researchers. She says: “I am sure the proposed changes will give the opportunity to NIH researchers to responsibly move forward this scientific area.” She claims that human cells in animals is not something new, it has already been used many times in the biochemical industry.

As her statement says: “For decades, our researchers have used animals containing human cells, to get an insight into human biology and development of many different diseases. One example is human tumor cells grown in mice, to study the development of cancer and evaluate possible treatments.”

But what NIH wants to do is very different from what the biochemical industry is doing. Their proposal includes early stage injection of human stem cells in animal embryo, which will theoretically contribute to the development of this animal, growing in half animal half human. This is the main reason why critics are opposing the study so strongly.



On the other hand, others are supporting the study. Robert Klitzman, the Director of Columbia University` s program for Masters of bioethics thinks that this decision of NIH can help find a cure for many diseases. But he`s also aware that there should be an independent committee to oversight their work, in order to prevent any possible abuse. As he says: “Direct research on schizophrenia, depression or Alzheimer`s is impossible because we can`t open the brain of a living patient. But also, we don`t want a chimp with human qualities, because this will create numerous moral issues.”



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