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Why are British scientists creating a human-pig hybrid?

Pig people sound like the stuff of a B-grade horror flick, but they're more real than you think. What do scientists hope to learn from these embryonic chimeras?

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  • 10 Misconceptions About GMOs

    10 Misconceptions About GMOs

    Are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) really bad for the environment and your health or just victims of bad publicity? We'll look at the pros and cons of this controversial subject. See more »

  • Are foods made using biotechnology safe to eat?

    Are foods made using biotechnology safe to eat?

    Scientists use agricultural biotechnology to create crops that resist pests and fight off disease. But some people are squeamish about eating these genetically modified crops. Are their fears justified? See more »

  • Are mental illnesses genetic?

    Are mental illnesses genetic?

    You might inherit your mother's dimples or your father's eyes. You may have your maternal grandmother's laugh. But can you also genetically inherit mental illness? See more »

  • Are redheads going extinct?

    Are redheads going extinct?

    Some news organizations have reported that redheads will disappear by the year 2060. But this fiery breed isn't taking the news lying down, and there are rumors that blonds are on the way out, too. See more »

  • Are we 10 years away from artificial life?

    Are we 10 years away from artificial life?

    Some researchers on the quest for artificial life say they're only 10 years away from their goal. But could these artificial life forms turn into a science fiction nightmare? See more »

  • Can a sewing machine stitch together DNA?

    Can a sewing machine stitch together DNA?

    You might think of a sewing machine as that dusty thing that your mom would pull out to help you make a homemade Halloween costume. That's not quite the same device that has scientists so excited. See more »

  • Can genetically modified mosquitoes wipe out malaria?

    Can genetically modified mosquitoes wipe out malaria?

    In theory, if you could create a stronger mosquito that's unable to spread malaria and release them into the wild, they would replace the mosquitoes that can spread the disease. But until recently, there has been a major glitch in this concept. See more »

  • Can humans live forever?

    Can humans live forever?

    We've been raised with the belief that death is inevitable, so we must consider the legacy of what we'll leave behind. But what if you had unlimited time to pursue your life's work? What if you didn't have to die? See more »

  • Can we bring Neanderthals back?

    Can we bring Neanderthals back?

    Neanderthals and humans coexisted for thousands of years, but the relationship between the two species was always a bit dysfunctional. Could we get reacquainted with our evolutionary peers? See more »

  • Can we create a real Jurassic Park?

    Can we create a real Jurassic Park?

    You yearn to peer out the window of an SUV and watch a Tyrannosaurus rex lumber into a clearing. Your home movie of said event would be a YouTube sensation. Could it ever happen? See more »

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