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Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act Introduced in Congress

Yesterday, Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey introduced in the U.S. House the Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act, H.R. 5910. This bill would ban the creation of part-human, part-animal hybrid beings. Once unthinkable, human hybridization and species-tinkering is now underway despite its reckless disregard for human dignity and recognized ethical boundaries.

See the articles below for additional information on hybrids, or ‘chimeras’ as they are sometimes called. Included is the recent British announcement declaring the successful creation of hybrid embryos for research as well as previous statements from US researchers who call opposition to hybrids a cultural bias or prejudice.

UK’s first hybrid embryos created – BBC
Cow-human cross embryo lives three days – Herald Sun
Of mice, men, and in-between – Washington Post