An international team of scientists, under the leadership of the Salk Institute in San Diego, California, announced the creation of the first successful human-animal hybrid.
The team created what is known scientifically as a chimera – an organism composed of cells from two different species – that has been developed in the hopes of addressing the critical shortage of organ donors.
According to reports, someone is placed on the waiting list for an organ transplant every 22 minutes, while 22 people on that list die daily as a result of not receiving the necessary organ.
The researchers hope that this process, using an animal to grow a custom organ, may be the answer.
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