Cross-species breeding has long been the stuff of science fiction movies and horror films. We humans are obsessed with human/ape mating because they are so closely related to us....it's sort of like the incest taboo that we find irresistable to ponder. Well it seems that the possibility of "humanizing" apes isn't that preposterous...
A LEADING scientist has warned a new species of "humanzee," created from breeding apes with humans, could become a reality unless the government acts to stop scientists experimenting.
In an interview with The Scotsman, Dr Calum MacKellar, director of research at the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, warned the controversial draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill did not prevent human sperm being inseminated into animals.
He said if a female chimpanzee was inseminated with human sperm the two species would be closely enough related that a hybrid could be born.
He said scientists could possibly try to develop the new species to fill the demand for organ donors.
Leading scientists say there is no reason why the two species could not breed, although they question why anyone would want to try such a technique.
I would argue that it's already been successfully attempted.
Hat tip to Reason.com.
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