A new paper details the creation of a human/pig chimera.
The goal of the research program is to generate pigs and cows who would become, essentially, living containers for human organs.
The possibilities have many researchers giddy with excitement. But they also raise serious ethical dilemmas regarding the moral status of these part-human animals.
Steven Hawking argues that transporting the human population to other planets will save us from the problems we’ve caused here on Earth.
Not only is this notion wildly unrealistic as a panacea for our problems; it is dangerous.
Our upcoming symposium explores the idea that at the core of the fraught relationship we humans have with our fellow animals is the deeply-rooted psychological need to tell ourselves that “I Am NOT an Animal!”
Proposed changes by the NIH to its research guidelines regarding human-nonhuman chimeras will result in things like pigs being implanted with human stem cells to create hearts, livers, pancreases and kidneys to then “harvest” and place in human beings.
The pigs will become, essentially, living growth chambers for human organs.
This year’s “Superpod” gathering was attended by scientists, filmmakers, authors, journalists, former trainers, naturalists, orca advocates and lay people.
A new feature, the Scholar-Advocacy Day, featured outstanding talks by students and young people applying their education and professional skills to marine mammal protection.
A SCHOLAR-ADVOCACY CONFERENCE ON MARINE MAMMALS
At the Superpod5 event July 19th 2016 on San Juan Island, WA.
Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, Tuesday, July 19th, 2016.
An opportunity for students and young professionals working on marine mammal protection to share their work with an international group of scientists, marine mammal training and care experts, and advocates.