Can Genetic Engineering involve fusing Human DNA with certain genes from another animal or object?


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Yo Kass Profile
Yo Kass answered

As I understand, the technology exists - but scientists are still debating whether these types of experiments are indeed ethical.

In the UK, experiments of this kind became legal under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.

Following this legal precedent, The Daily Mail newspaper ran a headline which claimed that these type of experiments are already being conducted behind closed doors:

  I also believe humans have already been growing human organs intended for transplant using animal hosts. I guess this can be seen as a form of hybrid genetic manipulation.

With restrictions in place on cloning and stem cell research, this seems to be a viable way for scientists to break boundaries.

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David Shabazi
David Shabazi commented
I must say, pretty interesting stuff!
Yo Kass
Yo Kass commented
Yup, very exciting! I can't wait to see what breakthroughs the field of genetic engineering is going to produce in the next few decades.

I also stumbled upon some scary videos on YouTube about supposed human-animal hybrids, but I doubt they're real... one of them was definitely a baby with harlequins disease.
David Shabazi
David Shabazi commented
Yeah those videos are the kinds of content that I still debate on whether they are true or not haha. For the most part, I don't believe they're real, but it's still possible to create human-animal hybrids through the use of genetic I'm not entirely sure if such species actually exist or not. Nonetheless, I'd love to learn about this field of study more.
John McCann Profile
John McCann answered

Yes, it could.

But you are full of foreign DNA anyway. Endogenous retrovirus DNA ( copied from their RNA ) is inserted throughout you genome. This is but one example of horizontal gene transfer that affect humans, so a directed process would be more of the same, just more of what, hopefully, we want in our genome.

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David Shabazi
David Shabazi commented
I wonder if it would be possible to take the gene in Industrial Hemp that gives it its roughness, and fuse it with a human skin cell to make skin rougher in order to assist the people who get papercuts too easily. Then again, that might just be my imagination running wild...
John McCann
John McCann commented
A gene for collage or elastin from a mammal with tough skin may be a better choice.

And you do have a wild imagination! Most scientists do.

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