Chinese scientists play God: First ever pig-monkey hybrids

Chinese scientists play God: First ever pig-monkey hybrids

Posted on December 11, 2019 by Dr. Eowyn | 2 comments

John Lucas reports for The Sun, Dec. 6, 2019, that Chinese scientists have produced the world’s first monkey-pig hybrids, which could pave the way for human organs grown by animals. Beijing-based Tang Hai said: “This is the first report of full-term pig-monkey chimeras.”

The groundbreaking experiment produced hybrids with hearts, livers, spleens, lungs and skin containing pig and primate cells. Stem cells from macaque monkeys were grown in a lab and then injected into pig embryos five days after fertilization. Of more than 4,000 implanted in sows, ten piglets were born. But only two were chimeras and both died in a week.