September 20, 2016
(Wired) – Human chimeras are mixtures of human cells with rodent, pig, or other animal embryos. It is important to note that this research does not directly use human embryos or fetuses, instead relying on pluripotent stem cells, which can be taken from a person’s skin and genetically engineered to be pluripotent—meaning they can develop into nearly any cell type. Human chimeras have great potential to enhance our understanding of human development.
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