Scientists have created embryos for the first time that are part human and part monkey, according to a new study released in the journal Cell on Thursday.
The team of scientists who collaborated on the study stated the embryos were created as research for new ways to produce organs for organ transplants. However, the research has been controversial within the science community, with some bioethicists debating the ethics behind the creation.
“My first question is: Why?” Kirstin Matthews, a fellow for science and technology at Rice University’s Baker Institute, told NPR. “I think the public is going to be concerned, and I am as well, that we’re just kind of pushing forward with science without having a proper conversation about what we should or should not do.”
The ethical concerns vary. One is that the research could go further and result in someone trying to create a fetus, in