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  • If you could combine your jeans with any animal in the world, which one would you choose?

  • Would you want the power off wolf, the agility of a count or the wings of a bird?

  • Well, you better make up your mind quickly because this technology is right around the corner.

  • This is what f and here's what would happen if we created a human animal.

  • Hybrids.

  • Borrowing traits from our neighbors in the animal kingdom might seem like a good way to advance our species, but it could also create a lot of problems.

  • For starters, we've seen how some humans treat people who are different, so you can imagine how they would react to the first human animal hybrids.

  • On top of that, it would only be a matter of time before armed forces started toe weaponize the hybrids, using them as a new kind of technology.

  • But would it all be worth it if this breakthrough could save thousands of lives in the scientific community?

  • Human animal hybrids are referred to as Kai Myra's organisms that contain genetic material from two or more sources.

  • For years, humans have experimented with placing human cells into different animals, such as rats, mice and pigs, each with varying degrees of success through these kinds of experiments used to be done without any government support our funding.

  • But that all changed due to a biologist named Hiromitsu Na Koji.

  • In 2019 he was approved by the Japanese government to grow human cells in animal embryos.

  • Wth e embryos can later be transported into surrogate animals and brought to term Thean.

  • Tended goal is to develop a new way to approach organ transplantation for humans to take out the need to rely on humans in the first place.

  • Theo idea is that animals could safely act as hosts for human organs due to the human cells in the embryos.

  • This concept is called xeno transplantation.

  • Right now, the plan is to make an animal embryo missing the gene required to make a specific organ.

  • Human stem cells would be injected into the animal embryo to form a human compatible replacement organs that could then be harvested and transplanted.

  • This'll would provide a massive relief for people in need of organ transplants.

  • To put it in perspective.

  • In the United States, there are 100,000 people on the organ transplant wait list every year, 8000 of them died due to no donor being available.

  • Despite the positive prospects of these experiments, some scientists and governments remain hesitant.

  • One of their main concerns is avoiding any potential for human cells to contribute to the animal embryos brain.

  • They want to avoid creating an ethical dilemma.

  • They don't want animals, toe, have human consciousness or intellectualize any pain or suffering.

  • And that's not the only ethical dilemma that comes along with all of this.

  • If the technology progressed to the point of humans inheriting animal traits, we'd be reaching uncharted territory.

  • As a species, we could see industries struggling to fulfill the requirements of a population with animal DNA, especially one that might have people living well past the age of 100.

  • Food suppliers, pharmaceuticals and medical treatments, doctors and the insurance industry would all see significant changes.

  • Could we start taking ourselves to the vet?

  • Then there'd be the risk of countries militarizing this idea.

  • Imagine soldiers with wings flying around with the ability to run 100 kilometers an hour when they hit the ground.

  • So maybe we're better off not going too far down this route.

  • Maybe we could learn to grow an endless supply of organs in a lab instead of in animals, and we could perform a full body transplants.

  • But that's a story for another.

  • What if?

If you could combine your jeans with any animal in the world, which one would you choose?


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如果我們創造了人類與動物的混合體呢? (What If We Created Hybrid Human-Animals?)

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    林宜悉 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日