June 6th, 2016
Episode 1004 of 1744 episodes
Scientists in the United States are trying to grow human organs inside pigs, through the technique known as gene editing. Some experts believe the human-animal chimeras could be the answer to the worldwide shortage of transplant organs. However, critics have voiced concerns over the implications of the part-human, part-animal embryos. Peter Stevenson from Compassion in World Farming and Sir John Burn, professor of clinical genetics from the University of Newcastle, debate the ethics surrounding the issue. (Image: Pig. Credit: MAURO FERMARIELLO/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY)
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