Japan’s government approved a request by scientists to conduct stem-cell experiments to create an animal-human hybrid and allow it to be brought to term. According to researchers, the goal of the experiment is to create organs viable for transplant into humans.
This type of experiments have been causing heated discussions for years. On the one hand, they are considered a promising way to gain medical knowledge and perhaps even to create human replacement organs in animals. At the same time, however, these experiments raise the question of where the boundary between human and animal is, and whether they are unethical or not.
We asked the M3 Global Community in Europe: What do you think about human-animal embryo experiments to create organs viable for transplant into humans?
Overall in Europe, 58% of the participants in this survey think human-animal embryo experiments are a medical advance. In the UK, participants seem to have divided opinions, with 51% thinking of it as a medical advance and 49% as unethical.