Human-Sheep Hybrid about to hit the market

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Scientists have created the first ever human-sheep chimera, a sheep with 15% human cells. The purpose is to create organs for transplant into human beings, by injecting the sheep with stem cells isolated from the patient’s bone marrow, and harvesting the, ah, contents, of lambs born after. “The two ounces of stem cell or bone marrow cell we get would provide enough stem cells to do about ten foetuses. So you don’t just have one organ for transplant purposes, you have many available in case the first one fails,” said Prof Zanjani, of the University of Nevada. [GT]

Now scientists create a sheep that’s 15% human [via Boing Boing]

Gabrielle Taylor