Scientists generate first human-animal embryos
Scientists have long been trying to grow human organs within animal bodies to create sufficient number of transplantable kidneys, hearts and other organs for patients in need. Pushing ahead with this goal in mind, a team of researchers successfully generated human cells and tissues in the embryos of pigs and cattle.
Led by Dr. Jun Wu of the gene expression lab at the Salk Institute, the researchers generated human cells and tissues in the embryos of animals using stem cell technologies.
However, the researchers admitted that in spite of the milestone, integrating human cells and animal species remains difficult, keeping the goal of developing human organs inside animals at a considerable distance.
Speaking on the topic, Wu said, “Species evolve independently, and many factors dictating the developmental programs might have diverged, which makes it difficult to blend cells from one species to a developing embryo from another.”
Wu added that the larger the evolutionary distance between humans and an animal species, the more difficult it would be for scientists to integrate human cells and animal species.
The promising research was detailed in the journal Cell, which publishes peer-reviewed articles and reports of unusual implication in any area of investigational biology.
Intensifying the race to develop the so-called ‘robotaxis,’ Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has decided to join a BMW-led alliance to develop self-driving or autonomous vehicles.
Electric car maker Tesla Motors is enjoying a rapid expansion in its used car business, prompting analysts to predict that the company is on the track to triple its used inventory sales.
Technology major Microsoft Corporation has rebuffed Consumer Reports findings on its popular Surface range of tablets and laptops.
Tesla Motors has received tremendous response for its electric vehicles despite their high price tag.
As automobile giants and customers are turning their attention from conventional cars to electric cars, the lack of charging stations continues to discourage many.
While Tesla is yet to officially unveil its next-generation electric semi truck, a report in Reuters added a new turn to the already swirling rumors by claiming that the next-generation truck will have self-driving capabilities.