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Are lab–grown embryos and human hybrids ethical?

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Are lab–grown embryos and human hybrids ethical?

Image: Getty Images. Article by Sahotra Sarkar. Big Think – May 5, 2021. This article was originally published in The Conversation.

This spring, a U.S. and Chinese team announced that it had successfully grown, for the first time, embryos that included both human and monkey cells.

In Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel “Brave New World,” people aren’t born from a mother’s womb. Instead, embryos are grown in artificial wombs until they are brought into the world, a process called ectogenesis.

In the novel, technicians in charge of the hatcheries manipulate the nutrients they give the fetuses to make the newborns fit the desires of society. Two recent scientific developments suggest that Huxley’s imagined world of functionally manufactured people is no longer far-fetched. […]

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