Scientists in the UK can now legally combine human and animal embryos. Manimals. Why? For the sake of finding cures for diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
The Minister admitted that the Bill was not a promise that cures for diseases could be found. â€œIt is an aspiration that it may.â€
The main kinds of admixed embryo permitted by the Bill are â€œcytoplasmic hybridsâ€ or â€œcybridsâ€, which are made by moving a human nucleus into an empty animal egg. These are genetically 99.9 per cent human. As well as true hybrids, it also allows chimeras that combine human and animal cells, and transgenic human embryos that include a little animal DNA.
Of course, they can’t really (legally) grow a mermaid or centaur or whatever weird manimal (yet). Scientists can only cultivate the embryos for 14 days, and it is illegal to transfer them into a human or animal womb. BUT, rules were made to be broken and chances are if they make it illegal, someone will do it. Mother nature, prepare to be f*cked with.