Scientists (probably mad ones) have created a mutant sheep that is comprised of 15 percent human cells and 85 percent animal cells. The monster sheep appears to be an animal, but in fact , half of it's organs are human. Professor Esmail Zanjani, of the University of Nevada hopes to be able to offer a new method of organ transplants. By injecting a person's stem cells into a sheep's fetus anyone could farm their own flock of sheep containing replacement organs.
Not without it's own critics, the breakthrough faces a backlash of cynical hypotheses. Questions such like: What if this merging of cells causes a silent lethal animal virus to cross to humans? Could this lead to a human/animal hybrid that shares both physical features instead of merely containing human organs?
None of these questions top my greatest fear; crazy zombie sheep walking through suburbs on their hind legs in search of the taste of human flesh like some sort of twisted Far Side cartoon. Morally speaking, I don't know where we should draw the line with what has been called "God-like" behavior, but I do know it's somewhere before crazy zombie sheep.
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Posted by Chase Roper