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"Cow-human cross embryo lives three days"

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Cow-human cross embryo lives three days

HUMAN-cow embryos have been created in a world first at Newcastle University in England, hailed by the scientific community, but labelled "monstrous" by opponents.

A team has grown hybrid embryos after injecting human DNA into eggs taken from cows' ovaries, which had most of their genetic material removed.

The embryos survived for three days and are intended to provide a limitless supply of stem cells to develop therapies for diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and spinal cord injuries, overcoming a worldwide shortfall in human embryos.

Dr Teija Peura, director of human embryonic stem cell laboratories at the Australian Stem Cell Centre, said somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) had been done between animal species, but the "99 per cent human" embryos could boost research.

"If successful, they would provide an important additional research tool to help realisation of stem cell-based therapies for human diseases," Dr Peura said.

"All avenues of research, including SCNT . . . need to be encouraged if we want to fulfil the promises of stem cell technologies."

But her colleague, Dr Andrew Laslett, warned the process was yet to yield a stem cell line and so it remained only an academic possibility.

In January, the Fertilisation and Embryology Authority gave Newcastle University a licence to do the work, but the British Parliament would debate the longer-term future of such research next month.

Under the licence, embryos are not allowed to be developed beyond 14 days.

Preliminary findings of the embryo program were presented in Israel last week, and the head of the university's Institute of Human Genetics, Prof John Burn, said further evaluation would be done before the full details were published.

"If the team can produce cells which will survive in culture, it will open the door to a better understanding of disease processes without having to use precious human eggs," Prof Burn said.

"Cells grown using animal eggs cannot be used to treat patients on safety grounds, but they will help bring nearer the day when new stem cell therapies are available."

The Catholic Church in Britain branded the creations as "monstrous" - a view supported by Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics director Fr Kevin McGovern.

"An almost-human embryo is being created and then it's being destroyed," he said.

"I cannot see that that respects human life or the dignity of human life.

"Human beings - or even almost human embryos - are not just things that you can use in a laboratory experiment.

"What is being created is life.

"No one knows exactly what would grow from these embryos.

"If this is approved in the UK, there will be renewed pressure to permit it here, and we will travel further down the slippery slope of allowing just about anything."

It is not the first time hybrids have been created.

The method was pioneered by Dr Hui Zhen Sheng's team at the Shanghai Second Medical University, China, where she fused human cells with rabbit eggs to produce early stage embryos, which in turn yielded human stem cells.

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  1. Kelley says – reply to this


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    FIRST!

  2. jENNY says – reply to this


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    CRAZAZY
    FIRST

  3. first? says – reply to this


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    man-bear-cow!

  4. lacee says – reply to this


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    ugh.. this is wrong

  5. HA says – reply to this


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    FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Kelley says – reply to this


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    firsttt

  7. duh says – reply to this


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    ALL THE PPL WHO SAY FIRST HAVE NO LIVES.. ALL THEY DO IS WAIT FOR NEW POSTS ALL DAY!

  8. Mark says – reply to this


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    umm… gross…

  9. WTF??? says – reply to this


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    FIRST!!!!….maybe

  10. krystle says – reply to this


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    holy shnikes!

  11. valerie says – reply to this


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    wow

  12. lala says – reply to this


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    first

  13. white chick says – reply to this


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    perezzzzz

  14. alicia says – reply to this


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    first

  15. r says – reply to this


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    I love diddling little girls!

  16. mike says – reply to this


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    FIRST

  17. honor says – reply to this


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    heh?!

  18. Grossed out says – reply to this


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    Speechless

  19. Kat says – reply to this


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    huh?

  20. Christianne says – reply to this


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    Wow.

  21. Jeff says – reply to this


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    Wtf!

  22. mimi says – reply to this


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    FIRST!

  23. yoles says – reply to this


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    firstttttt

  24. pandro says – reply to this


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    first

  25. wasawino says – reply to this


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    wow, this explains potato head Willis!!

  26. brittni says – reply to this


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    first???? wow that is sum shit

  27. Jaybeedizzle says – reply to this


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    sadness

  28. Booblet says – reply to this


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    WOW

  29. half human says – reply to this


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    THAT'S JUST SCARY! SO IT'S LIKE HALF HUMAN
    I hope they don't start putting this in our local grocery store anytime soon

  30. sam says – reply to this


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    lolwut?

  31. tinks says – reply to this


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    A cow embryo did survive once it grew up to be Naomi Campbell

  32. laura says – reply to this


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    hahah my friends and i were talking about human cows today. weird

  33. Mel1804 says – reply to this


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    WTF? 3rd

  34. Andrea says – reply to this


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    WTF??

  35. anniken says – reply to this


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    eheeheeeew

  36. scienceislifelifeisscience says – reply to this


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    humans are special, we're just teh next stop after apes, get over yourself, SCIENCE RULES! stop, stopping progress! shit in a hole if you hate science cause toilets werent around with the dinos

  37. jOHN says – reply to this


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    PEREZ, YOU ARE SO FUCKIN LATE. I HAVE BEEN SENDING YOU SHIT AND YOU NEVER POST IT. THIS SITE IS GETTING OLD NEWS!!!

  38. uhhh says – reply to this


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    this is such a bad idea….

  39. Diana :o) says – reply to this


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    whoaaa thats a little creepyyy….first?

  40. lucy says – reply to this


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    mooooo

  41. Holy cowabunga Batman! says – reply to this


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    That is wack.

  42. am i says – reply to this


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    First?

  43. Maggie says – reply to this


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    Disgusting.

    1st?

  44. shygirl says – reply to this


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    wtf??

  45. Meredith says – reply to this


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    Interesting. Thanks Perez. Your body is smokin!

  46. mimi@hotmail.com says – reply to this


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    ieuwwwwwwww 5th

  47. Daisy says – reply to this


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    Well that would explain how you got here.

  48. Tantan says – reply to this


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    WOW! If abortion is legal Icant see what the big deal is!
    They should not let these things mature tho…

  49. emily says – reply to this


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    kerrrrrrazeeeeeeeee

  50. caitlin says – reply to this


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    It's just DNA. People need to let scientists and doctors from do this and people who don't even understand this kind of research need to stop trying to halt it. Once stem cell research starts saving lives, the Pope will probably be the first in line for transplants and therapies. Worship your "God", and let everyone else progress in the real world.

  51. anita ranmal says – reply to this


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    It's cruel to use animals in experiments in this day and age due to the advanced medical technology out there as human skin etc can be grown. My heart goes out to all the animals suffering out there.

  52. getoverit says – reply to this


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    If you don't agree with the science research, don't use the benefits that stem from it! If this provides treatment for MS or parkisons, great! If you have MS and don't agree with the processes used in developing a cure. Don't take it!!!!! Just don't force suffering on others. They aren't trying to make a man cow hybrid.

  53. i,m luba says – reply to this


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    why do my boobs look so perfect

  54. EuropEll says – reply to this


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    Was there an actual (good) reason to even try such a thing?

  55. lisa says – reply to this


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    check out ted.com. some interesting stuff there from some of the most brilliant minds.

  56. allana .. . cows are awsomee// says – reply to this


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    omg thats horrible … soon there are gonna be like no cows left on the world from them being killed for eating && now they are being turned into half human and being researched on ?? those poor cows :(

  57. lol says – reply to this


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    Taurens? lawl.

  58. blapo says – reply to this


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    lol you stupid fuck, this was an headline on drudgereport (another homo) a week ago

  59. tiana says – reply to this


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    Re: duh – i agree. its annoying seeing the first posts all the time

  60. Man-Bear-Cow says – reply to this


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    Re: first? – Wait! I know that! What's that from?

  61. Dumb Allana says – reply to this


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    Re: allana .. . cows are awsomee// – Yeah, that's exactly what's going to happen. Idiot.

  62. nonCybOY says – reply to this


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    ANOTHER Sally Kern thread???

  63. Carli says – reply to this


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    why can't we use humans as lab experiments but we can use animals?

  64. COW IS COW COW says – reply to this


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    I WANNA EAT THAT COW

  65. ihateperez says – reply to this


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    WOW KELLY AND JENNEY WHO CAN'T USE A KEYBOEARD ARE 1ST
    LOSERS!!!!!! GET A LIFE

  66. Helen says – reply to this


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    If any of you have a college education you would know that a cow and human embryo would NEVER survive past 3 days according to biological constraints~~~!!!

  67. zane says – reply to this


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    this is really something! Something for spinal cord injuries?! This is REALLY something!

  68. suburbanmom says – reply to this


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    I bet there isn't a single vegetarian among the Catholics who are freaking out about all this!

  69. ohmagod says – reply to this


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    SO. NOT. RIGHT.

  70. MW says – reply to this


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    It's just a fucking embryo people, Jesus! Get a grip.

  71. isaabela says – reply to this


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    60th

  72. miley cyrus says – reply to this


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    funny

  73. I love Perez says – reply to this


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    They bred Rosie O'Donnell with a cow??? Poor cow…..

  74. Brit + JT 4EVER says – reply to this


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    That is fucked up. The world is going to end soon, I swear.

  75. Mr Fantastic says – reply to this


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    I am sorry for the untimely loss of your sibling Perez!
    Your are a spitting image of your mother, if that is her on the picture.

  76. karen says – reply to this


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    today is Heath Ledger's birthday…if he was still alive, he'd be 29 today….:( its so tragic how he died so suddenly
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  77. joes mother says – reply to this


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    holay SHIOT! crazyy crazy KUH-RAZE-EEEEE!

  78. ukangelface says – reply to this


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    This freaks me out! EWWWWW

  79. Jennabell says – reply to this


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    poor cow, get his head out there!!

    :( meat is murder

  80. beebspriya says – reply to this


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    sooo. its not a really a human-cow; its a human that grew in a cow's egg basically. theres no actual cow DNA, because as mentioned above, it was REMOVED and REPLACED with human DNA. if hatched, it would just be a human, and not be like a cow at all. I'm a doctor.

  81. cass says – reply to this


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    Re: first? – haha thats hilarious…but whatever happen to manbearpig????????!!!!!!! lmao!

  82. AMIE says – reply to this


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    Um…this is freaking disgusting…seriously…humans should not breed with anything other than humans…

  83. Samantha says – reply to this


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    REPENT! REPENT! REPENT!

  84. sooooz says – reply to this


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    Ok…did you know a 3 day old embryo has about 8 cells….big deal…a parthenote can make it a lot longer than that. STOOPID

  85. jemma says – reply to this


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    people have to understand that these are CELLS. Cells that could save millions of lives potentially. We're not talking about some bizarre cow/human narnia-esque hybrid. There is no ethical dilemma involved in this, and those who thing otherwise are morons. There never has and never will be any intention to create living, thinking animals or people purely to use them as test subjects.
    Sounds like a Ewan McGregor movie….

  86. hayder says – reply to this


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    Re: Samantha – you repent, fucking hypocrite

  87. Dan says – reply to this


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    Whoa!!! Can you just imagine? Women with four (4) count 'em breast?

  88. Mikera says – reply to this


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    so who was the human giving the dna??? ill take some.

  89. vet says – reply to this


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    Re: anita ranmal – it's not using "animals" just their eggs. They're not going to have a half cow/human walking around and put it in a cage to do research on it. They just need the stem cells with human DNA so that they can try to grow new human cells for patients, test new drugs, and other very important things that are worth a few bovine cells.

  90. Lo says – reply to this


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    so they made little baby cowboys and cowgirls…lol

  91. flickster says – reply to this


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    Omg. This is amazing, this could open so many doors for genetic research!

    Closed minded people are keeping some of the most well funded scientists from finding possible cures.

  92. don't eat meat says – reply to this


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    I BET THE CATHOLIC GUY LOOOOOOVES HIM SOME STEAK!!!

  93. nasa says – reply to this


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    Awesome, its about time we are making some forward progress. . . Religion needs to stay away from the medical field, it only slows down the United States ability have state of the art medicine. . Religious people need to watch the movie Zeitgiest and realize whats really going on.

  94. ashley says – reply to this


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    FUCK the catholic church.

    okay, we're fucking beyond the 14th century now, and embryo's aren't little humans, they're little clusters of cells with no consciousness and CANNOT FEEL PAIN, have no emotions, and don't have souls. THEY'RE LITTLE CLUMPS OF MATTER.

  95. auntie liz says – reply to this


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    Not so crazy. All you gotta have is one loved one you know might have a chance of surviving a fatal illness with stem cell transplantation…. and suddenly it' aint so crazy an idea.

  96. ashley says – reply to this


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    Re: AMIE – moron, no one bred anything. they used cells and syringes. no intercourse, genius.

  97. OMG!!! says – reply to this


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    0K FIRST A MAN 6 MONTHS PREGNANT …NOW A HUMAN COW?! WTF IZ GOING ON WITH DIZ WORLD! WE R KILLING IT NOT THE GLOBAL WARMING!!!

  98. Alex says – reply to this


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    I'm all for research, but I really don't think this is right. Regular embryos, fine, but what is the point of make a cow-human? How is that significant to research? Can't we just use human embryos and cow embryos… separately?

  99. d says – reply to this


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    Re: jemma – yeah but don't you realize there are people who will take it too far? science is dangerous, as much as I love it. I know it can be used for the most evil things.

  100. ashley says – reply to this


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    Re: anita ranmal – yea, EXCEPT IT'S NOT YET LEGAL TO USE HUMAN STEM CELLS, thanks to our wonderful idiot of a president.

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