Japan approved experiments that will allow human-animal hybrids being born for the first time ever

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The Japanese government approved a request by scientists doing stem-cell experiments to create animal-human hybrid and allow it to be brought to term. 

Japan’s science ministry last week gave provisional approval of a proposal by researchers at the University of Tokyo to create animal embryos containing human cells and transplant them into surrogate animals, Japan Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported.

The study will create a human pancreas in rodents using human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. 

These are cells that have been reprogrammed back into embryonic-like state and can be used to create virtually any other type of cells. 

Final approval of the Ministry, is expected next month, that British scientific journal “Nature” wrote.

According to Asahi, researchers will fertilized egg from rodents that have been gene-modified to remove the ability to produce the pancreas itself. 

For this, they will add human iPS cells to create a hybrid animal-human embryos.

 These in turn will be built in the land of animals, in this case a rat or mouse, and allowed to grow.

According to Asahi, researchers will fertilized egg from rodents that have been gene-modified to remove the potential to produce the pancreas itself. 

For this, they will add human iPS cells to make a hybrid animal-human embryos. 

These in turn will be built in the land of animals, but in this case a rat or mouse, and allowed to grow.

According to the researchers, the goal of the experiment is to create acceptable organs for transplantation into humans. 

“Finally, we are in a position to begin serious studies in this area after 10 years of preparation,” said Hiromitsu Nakauchi, researcher at the Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo, according to Asahi.

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