Mice with human brains?
As we speak, the state of Mississippi is deciding whether a human embryo is legally a “person.”
Meanwhile, the European Union has ruled that embryonic stem cells cannot be patented, because they have the potential for personhood. At least, I think that’s what they said; in the embryo business, words become slippery objects. What I want to know is, if skin cells can be “reprogrammed” into embryonic stem cells, then does my dandruff have personhood? How does the skin cell finding “end ethical dilemmas”?
And in case anyone missed this one, we hear that in the UK 150 human animal hybrids have been created with embryos. As one peer said, “It discredits us as a country. It is dabbling in the grotesque.” I don’t know, though, we could do worse than giving humans chimp immune systems, which are stronger than that of humans.
But don’t worry, we’re still banning mice with human brain cells.
Why not? What do you think: If it would help us cure Alzheimers or ALS, why not give mice human brains?