Researchers Create Half Human-Half CHICKEN Embryos

Monday, May 28, 2018 - 11:13

A team of stem cell researchers have successfully combined artificial human cells with the embryo of a chicken aimed at trying to better understand developing life.

Researchers led by Dr. Ali Brivanlou, from Rockefeller University in New York, have achieved the unimaginable in a shock experiment and created half human-half chicken embryos in what some have described as 'sick' and 'disturbing' experiments, Express reports.

The study was published this week in the science journal Nature where the scientists unveiled the inner machinations of so-called ‘organizer cells’.

Organizer cells are responsible for the formation of a cell’s top, bottom and back and essentially dictate how the human body takes its form.

The startling experiment could now promise to circumvent the ethical issues surrounding the use of human embryos in laboratory experiments.

Researchers hope that by transplanting human stem cells onto newly-formed chicken embryos they can find out more about how cells transform into fetuses.

The findings could lead to a whole host of new treatments for developmental disorders, they believe - but it's not without criticism.

Scientists already know that embryonic stem cells can differentiate into any of the body's specialised cell types: from bone and brain to lung and liver.


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