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Japan Also Wants The DAYS OF NOAH To Resume; Lifts Human-Animal Chimera Production Regulations

The revisions now pave the way for Japanese scientists to allow researchers to create chimeras with human and animal genetics—something that concerns the Japanese public. They also don’t explicitly prohibit chimera embryos made from human and nonhuman primate cells, which could take experiments into ethically uncharted territory. “It’s good that they now allow people to do human-animal [chimera embryos] with species like pigs and sheep,” remarks Sean Wu, a developmental biologist at Stanford University’s Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. [But creating fully mature] human-primate chimeras at this stage may be a step too far, he adds. “There’s just too many things we don’t know about when you try to chimerize two species that are so close to each other, like humans with nonhuman primates.” (READ MORE)

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