Scientists Inject Human Cells Into Pig Embryo To Create First Human-Pig Hybrid
Science Alert reports that for the experiment, US researchers injected human stem cells into early-stage pig embryos. The hybrid embryos were then transferred into surrogate sows. The researchers waited until the embryos developed into the first trimester.
Said team member Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, from the Salk Institute in California: “Our findings may offer hope for advancing science and medicine by providing an unprecedented ability to study early embryo development and organ formation, as well as a potential new avenue for medical therapies.”
He added, “We have shown that a precisely targeted technology can allow an organism from one species to produce a specific organ composed of cells from another species.”