Scientific research is conducted in the field of cells and allows researchers to deepen their knowledge, especially in biology. However, due to their nature, some projects pose ethical problems. This is the case of monkey embryos containing human cells assembled by a Chinese-American team based in China China.
Reducing the number of deaths associated with a lack of organs necessary for transplantation
The study was published in the journal cell, Indicates that these embryos consist of 132 monkey embryos containing 7% of human cells. Within 19 days, three embryos grew outside the uterus and the study was discontinued. Additionally, the latter has been cultured in the laboratory and appears to give good results, especially in the field of regenerative medicine. In fact, the aim of the study is to create tissues and organs for transplantation. Thus, if the study results are positive, it will have the result of reducing the number of deaths associated with a lack of organs necessary for transplantation.
Scientists can go further in this study
If the aim of this study is nonetheless commendable, the entire scientific community is not unanimous. In fact, the researchers expressed their concerns that the scientists could go further in this study. In an interview with British media, BBCProfessor Julian Savulescu I found this study “The Pandora Box opens to both human and non-human creatures”. The reaction is the same with the British biologist Christine Momry, PresidentInternational Society for Stem Cell Research. According to him, a human and animal delusion “Exceeding established ethical and scientific boundaries.”.