Wednesday, March 16, 2005

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Scary scientists in the US are planning to breed mutant mice with human brains…

Well, nearly - they have already succeeded in breeding mice with approx 1% human brain cells now they are planning to produce mice with 100% human brain cells to better understand the development of brain disorders such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimers.

The ethics of it are a bit cloudy, let alone possible worries should any of these animals get loose in the wild.

"Should two such 'chimera mice' mate, it could lead to the nightmarish scenario of a human embryo trapped in a mouse's womb. William Cheshire, a neurology professor from the Mayo Clinic in Florida and a Christian activist, has called for a ban on any research that destroys a human embryo to create a new organism."

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