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Japan approves first ever human-animal embryo experiments

Japan approves first ever human-animal embryo experiments

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Japan has approved the first ever human-animal embryo experiments. This research could produce an alternative sources of organs for transplant. However, there are an array of ethical and technical hurdles to be addressed. According to Nature, a Japanese stem-cell scientist is set to be granted government backing to develop animal embryos that contain human cells. These embryos will then be transplanted into surrogate animals. This follows the rescinding of such a ban earlier in 2019. The study will be led by Hiromitsu Nakauchi (University of Tokyo) with support of scientists from Stanford University in California. The aim is to grow human cells in mouse and rat embryos. The long-term goal is to create animals with organs composed of human cells an for these organs to be capable of being transplanted into people. On being given permission Nakauchi stated: “Finally, we are in a position to start serious studies in this field after 10 years of preparation. We don’t expect to create…
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