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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Curse of the Were Rabbits!

Sometimes science and art merge in ways that are just a bit uncomfortable. Just such a juxtaposition is taking place right now as scientists attempt a genetic vivisection of rabbits and humans:

Scientists are planning to create a "frankenrabbit" by fusing together human cells with a rabbit egg.

It is hoped the "chimeric" embryos, which would be 99.9 per cent human and 0.1 per cent rabbit, could lead to breakthroughs in stem cell research which could one day cure diseases such as Alzheimer's or spinal cord injury.

The embryos will allow scientists to perfect stem cell creation techniques without using human eggs.

This is a postive development in that human embryos may no longer be needed for stem cell research, but you have to wonder if, in some not so distant future, we won't need the services of AntiPesto. What happens if one of these "99.9% human, 0.1% rabbit" hybrids survives? Brundlebunny?


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