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I read the most fascinating yet terrifying thing today when doing research. Last January, for the first time ever we have created a human animal hybrid. And the most coincidental thing, which animal did they combine the human cells with? PIGS!! I can't believe that the animal I happened to decide to focus on, can successfully grow human cells with in it! this information has become a source vital inspiration for my conceptual research! in an earlier post I outlined why I was interested in transforming into a pig, and many of the reasons lied with in the similarities that we hold with pigs physically, but I never would have guessed they ran this deep, that a pig embryo would be able to accept human DNA in this way. This discovery will act as a new source of inspiration in my next coming work.
Of course I also need to consider how I feel about this discovery in with out its direct relation to my art. What will this mean for humanity, ethics, the pigs? there is something undeniably sad about a creature existing just to produce organs, yet surely that's hypocritical as I'm happy to eat meat that comes from creatures that exist for that are bred for that purpose. There's something extremely abject about the idea of having an organ that grown inside an animal for years, than placed inside you as if it was your own? I've heard stories about people acting like their donors after receiving organs from them, would you than share a connection with the pig? I've always seen organ donation as a kind distorted of motherhood. As a mother grows something from herself inside her and uses it to create a life, a donor grows something from themselves inside them, to sustain a life. In both cases your life force is passed into another being and they carry your part genetic information with them.
But now the idea of an animal donor, being responsible for your life an existence, a twisted kind of pig mother?
I also found the term Chimera very interesting. The biological definition is as follows:
an organism containing a mixture of genetically different tissues, formed by processes such as fusion of early embryos, grafting, or mutation.
"the sheeplike goat chimera"
Summing it up as an organism containing DNA from 2 or more individuals, a kind of hybrid. Maybe it would make a good title or something.
"In a remarkable—if likely controversial—feat, scientists announced today that they have created the first successful human-animal hybrids. The project proves that human cells can be introduced into a non-human organism, survive, and even grow inside a host animal, in this case, pigs."
"This biomedical advance has long been a dream and a quandary for scientists hoping to address a critical shortage of donor organs.What if, rather than relying on a generous donor, you could grow a custom organ inside an animal instead?"
"The team created what’s known scientifically as a chimera: an organism that contains cells from two different species."
"In the past, human-animal chimeras have been beyond reach. Such experiments are currently ineligible for public funding in the United States (so far, the Salk team has relied on private donors for the chimera project). Public opinion, too, has hampered the creation of organisms that are part human, part animal."
"But for lead study author Jun Wu of the Salk Institute, we need only look to mythical chimeras—like the human-bird hybrids we know as angels—for a different perspective.
“In ancient civilizations, chimeras were associated with God,” he says, and our ancestors thought “the chimeric form can guard humans.” In a sense, that’s what the team hopes human-animal hybrids will one day do."
"There are two ways to make a chimera. The first is to introduce the organs of one animal into another—a risky proposition, because the host’s immune system may cause the organ to be rejected. The other method is to begin at the embryonic level, introducing one animal’s cells into the embryo of another and letting them grow together into a hybrid."
All information is source from a National Geographic artical.