I guess you can call them “Franken-Swine.” Scientists in China have created the first living pig-monkey hybrids!

Officially known as “moinkeys,” the creatures are what is known as “chimeras,” an animal that possesses two kinds of DNA. While there are some naturally occurring chimeras, these have been produced by man, in the lab.

The groundbreaking experiment produced creatures with hearts, livers, spleens, lungs, and skin which contained both pig and primate cells.

The controversial experiment could pave the way for human organs grown by animals — which could be a boon for extending the lives of those waiting for organ transplants — or could lead to nightmarish “animal-human” hybrids, as in the horrifying H.G. Wells’ novel, “The Island of Doctor Moreau.”

How They Created the “Monkey-Pigs”

Stem cells from macaque monkeys were grown in a lab and then injected into pig embryos five days after fertilization. To put it more simply, the researchers added monkey cells to pig embryos, allowed mature female pigs to carry those embryos to term and then observed the resulting piglets.

Of more than 4,000 implanted in sows, ten piglets were born. But only two were chimeras and both died in a week. However the Chinese scientists still consider the procedure a success, in that they got any living offspring at all, and they believe that the problems were due to flaws in the IVF procedure, and not necessarily to the two types of DNA in one body.

Beijing-based Tang Hai, one of the lead scientists on the bizarre project said, “This is the first report of full-term pig-monkey chimeras.” The “moinkeys,” had organs with monkey cells in a very low ratio. A similar US experiment in 2017 used pig and human DNA. In that experiment, the embryos were developed for only a month, and then destroyed amid fears, that if allowed to come to full term, and the creatures lived, they could have a brain that may have been partly human!

University of California stem cell biologist Paul Knoepfler said of the Chinese experiment, “Given the extremely low chimeric efficiency and the deaths of all the animals, I see this as fairly discouraging.”

Nevertheless, the work continues, and while the deaths of the two piglets (and the low success rate in creating the chimeras) is a setback, this isn’t likely to be the last we hear of the project.

What do you think of the ethical ramifications of creating human/animal hybrids? Feel free to reply in the comments below!

29 thoughts on “Scientists Create First Pig-Monkey Hybrids!”
  1. The left is out of their minds. They are always trying to play God and there is ONLY ONE GOD. These scientists and others had better be careful. They may get more than they bargained for.

  2. These scientists are messing around with what they shouldn’t. God made the animals to mate with their own kind. Any attempt to change that will fail. You can breed cows with buffalo because they are both bovine. Same with dogs breeds. Dogs are dogs no matter what the breed. But to mix a pig with a monkey is going against God . It won’t work because it was never supposed to.

  3. These matters ALREADY Known by Scientists, Decidedly, to NOT do, back in about 1977-78 when as H.S. Student, Ivdid a term paper on Recombinant DNA based on Research Papers as Medical Journal Articles were only ABOUT to become made. Later, experiments in Africa, then (by at least some Scientists believing directly related to US [seems Marine (or oddly, though quite inland, not???)] Med Trams ‘Research’, involvement there, and at both outbreak locations first experienced. Such, causing SCARE of certain Virus; such Virus, STILL ‘round. Seemed ALL Leading, Reputable Scientists at time, warned, ‘NO!’, do NOT do this; what effects on world environment, let alone humans ‘within’, needing SURVIVE. Then along came ‘Dolly’. What glimpse FED the Public;; seemed ‘cute’, WHILE such reason NOT Clone such as Dolly, given what such, and amid the many, many more so failed attempts, of Dolly, further know true… though no such releases to Public. We (at least what Leaders in such fields USED to KNOW and at least back then did STATE) know better; know better than to mess with ‘God’, let alone what all to many simply tend call ‘mother Nature’. While undiscovered species YET ‘discovering’, as such extinct, what messing biologically with species, let alone plethora of fertilizers and killers agricultural… tends ticking TIME-bomb; such tending only, ‘matter of time’. We, at least ought, KNOW BETTER.

  4. The only ramifications that matter are religious, I think. As long as scientists/experimenters confine their efforts to non-humans, no harm, no foul. Where they’ll possibly have ethical problems is with experiments with human DNA. If a pig has inserted human DNA, does its piglet offspring have a soul? From a scientific point of view, the question is meaningless or foolish. But from a conventional Christian/Muslim/Jewish perspective, this is greatly problematic.

    Since the presumed objective is growing human compatible organs, the goals are noble. But if a pig is produced with the intelligence of a human, leaving aside the issue or whether the pig has a soul, new issues are created. Can a pig with the intelligence of a human be ethically euthanized? All I have are opinions. But if these experiments are successful, future ethicists will have their hands full.

  5. I’m educated and confront “evolution”. Biology is extremely complex, reflecting incredible order. Mess with order, create disorder, and pay the price. Hence, the destruction of the experiment. This is NO GAME.

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