A team of researchers working in China have announced that they have successfully created human-monkey chimeras, in the form of monkey embryos that grow human cells as part of their biological structure. This experiment aims to develop a new method of growing tailor-made organs that could be transplanted into waiting
When most people think of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, pictures of pest-hardy soya beans spring to mind, yet the true implications of this term are not widely considered.
Though the consumption of GMOs is a subject for debate in itself, there are other, less obvious areas in which other forms of genetic engineering could have – and are having – dramatic effects on our daily lives. In truth, under the umbrella of the term "genetic engineering," scientists have been given almost free rein to pursue a host of wild and weird endeavors that have resulted in some extremely questionable results.
A scientific panel working under the direction of the Royal Society of Canada has declared that genetically modified (GM) foods are not necessarily safe to eat.
About 60 percent of the food in supermarkets today contain genetically modified ingredients such as corn, soy or canola. The biotech industry says these foods are safe and that those who are worried about them are being sensationalists.
But the prestigious panel of Canadian scientists has concluded that there has been inadequate research into GM foods and that the industry’s claims of safety are based on unfounded assumptions.