‘Really scares me’: China manufactures monkey-pig hybrid to research human-monkey organ transplants

Chinese scientists have managed to manufacture two chimera piglets that were produced in part with monkey DNA after 4,000 attempts.

“This is the first report of full-term monkey-pig chimeras,” Tang Hai told the New Scientist on Friday. Hai, who worked with a team to make the animals, made the announcement at the State Key Laboratory of Stem Cell and Reproductive Biology in Beijing.

The team has a way to go since the two small pigs died a week after birth. The team’s goal is to grow human organs in monkeys so they can be transplanted to humans.

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