Is human-pig stem cell chimera research ‘jumping ahead of ethical considerations’?

[Editor’s note: Excerpts are from an opinion piece written by Lori Marino, executive director of the Kimmela Center for Animal Advocacy and a former faculty member in neuroscience at Emory University.] As a neuroscientist, I appreciate groundbreaking research [regarding the creation of a human-pig chimera]…But I also believe that science should be guided by ethics, and this work seems to be jumping ahead of ethical considerations. … This work is part of a larger trend toward increasingly invasive and manipulative practices: monkeys that show symptoms of autism, transgenic mice with altered vocalizations so they “stutter,” [and] cows that produce “humanized” milk…. The possibilities have many researchers giddy with excitement. But they also raise serious ethical dilemmas about the moral status of these part-human animals. … As we continue down the path of this…


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