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Organ Creation and Harvesting: Reality Imitating Art

Back in 1998, Robin Cook released CHROMOSOME 6, a medical thriller that touched on organ creation and harvesting. A very interesting concept at the time. Seems that now such fiction is approaching reality as a group of Japanese scientists are working on a system for creating “chimeric embryos” within animal wombs. The hope is that this will provide organs for human transplants. In medicine, a chimera is an organism, human or animal, that has two or more genetically distinct cell lines.

 

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Reality imitating art? This will no doubt be interesting and controversial as it moves forward.

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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in DNA, Medical Issues

 
 
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