Researchers conducting experiments with human-animal hybrids have caused concern not only among scientists, but also among authorities in many countries, concerned that nightmarish fantasies about “Frankenstein creatures” have become a reality.
Earlier this year, researchers announced the mixing of man and ape. The Salk Institute for Biological Research in La Jolla, California, said in April that it participated in an experiment with a research team from China to inject human stem cells into monkey embryos.
They allowed the creature to live and grow for 19 days and then destroyed it. The researchers responsible for the technology used in the experiment said their work helped study embryonic development.
U.S. federal authorities have imposed a moratorium on funding such research in the United States. Senator Mike Brown, a Republican from Indiana, said he was concerned that such experiments to create human-animal hybrids would cross ethical lines and go against the dignity and sanctity of human life.
“I mean, any of us can speculate about the concept of Frankenstein, shall we say, in terms of where this will lead,” Mr. Brown said.