Researchers for the first time created microbes containing artificial DNA, expanding the universal genetic code that guides life. The advance one day could lead to new antibiotics, vaccines and other medical products not possible with today's bioscience.
(Worthy News) - Research that mixes human cells into animal embryos could get US government funds for the first time under a new proposal that has stoked concerns about ethics and the limits of science.
Some say the research has the potential to spark major medical breakthroughs in diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's or conditions like infertility, and could help grow organs for human transplant, which are in short supply.
Critics, however, worry that these mixtures, or chimeras -- named after the monster in Greek mythology with a lion's head, goat's body and dragon's tail -- raise complex moral questions and go beyond what is acceptable in modern society. [ Source ]
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