Chinese scientists have finally bred monkey-pig hybrids in an effort to grow human organs for transplantation in animals, according to the Independent. Chimera pigs were given the DNA of macaque monkeys and although they died within a week, the DNA from the monkeys was found in the heart, liver, spleen, lung, and skin of the pigs.
Scientists then took 4,000 embryos and implanted them into a sow that later produced ten piglets, of which two were chimeras. “The results of the experiment lead the team one step closer to producing tissue specific functional cells and organs in a large animal mode,” read the research paper on the results published in Protein and Cell. It is the hope of the team that the findings will eventually lead to organs being harvested and available for humans who are in need of an organ transplant.