Creating Organs for Transplants Is Necessary, But It Shouldn’t Have Ethical Costs

August 30, 2019

(The Hill) – Unfortunately, a spotlight on the shortage of organs to transplant often opens the door for grandstanders who raise money to bend the rules and conduct rogue science by press release. Then there are some scientists and researchers who engage in highly controversial, or sometimes even questionable, research projects. Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte has traveled from the esteemed Salk Institute in California to China where, apparently without the kind of rigorous regulation typically required in the U.S., he and his team reportedly were able to make a “chimera” — a hybrid organism, comprised of the cells of two or more species — by combining a monkey embryo and embryonic stem cells from humans.