Prophecy News Watch: Researchers are injecting human stem cells into monkey embryos and even scientists are disturbed by the ethical implications. For the Biblically minded, the implications are clear.
Researchers in California published their results in The Cell on Thursday describing how they successfully “created” embryos that were a mixture of monkey and human cells. The abstract, titled “Chimeric contribution of human extended pluripotent stem cells to monkey embryos ex vivo”, explains that the study was focused on creating cells that could be used to produce organs for people who need transplants.
“Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woollen come upon thee.” Leviticus 19:19
Chimerism is a condition whereby an organism or person has not one but two complete genomes or sets of DNA in their body. The condition is named for the chimera, a fire-breathing creature in Greek mythology usually depicted as a lion, with the head of a goat protruding from its back, and a tail that might end with a snake’s head.
The researchers injected 25 cells known as induced pluripotent stem cells from humans — commonly called iPS cells — into each of 132 macaque monkey blastocytes, an early structure in embryonic development in mammals, and reared the resulting chimeras in culture dishes for up to 20 days. After 13 days, the human cells were still present in about one-third of the chimeras.