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Should animals with human genes or organs be given human rights?


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Should animals with human genes or organs be given human rights?

Gene-edited pigs and brain implants are blurring the lines of what it means to be human, so our morals and laws may need to change to include beings that are “substantially human” Humans 18 February 2020 By Jessica Hamzelou Victor de Schwanberg/Science Photo LibraryLAST year, researchers in China announced they had inserted a human brain…

Should animals with human genes or organs be given human rights?

Gene-edited pigs and brain implants are blurring the lines of what it means to be human, so our morals and laws may need to change to include beings that are “substantially human”



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18 February 2020

By Jessica Hamzelou

Human cloning

Victor de Schwanberg/Science Photo Library

LAST year, researchers in China announced they had inserted a human brain gene into monkeys. These 11 monkeys outperformed typical monkeys in tests of short-term memory, and their brain development more closely resembled that of humans. Are these animals still fully monkeys? Or are they something else? Something human?

Plenty of other experiments have blurred the line between what is human and what isn’t. Research teams have created pigs with human genes. Clumps of human brain cells have been grown in dishes, and the cells can communicate with each other. Then there are …

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