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Pig-human chimeras contain cell surprise

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According to New Scientist, cells from pig-human chimeras show unusual cells: cells with DNA that were created by both human and pig parents. These cells are sensitive to both pig and human diseases, and they could be a way for diseases to pass between species.


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Actually this story is scary! Don't forget that some of the worst plagues in human history were ones that jumped the animal-human barrier.

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But at the same time, it's also hopeful for research. Some of the deadliest diseases we have, we can't cure because we have no proper animal models to study. This may actually allow us adequate animal models to cure some of our ails.

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