Social Mood Conference  |  Socionomics Foundation

May 26, 2016

Creating animal-human hybrids evokes mythical creatures like satyrs, griffins and centaurs. But some scientists say that “chimera embryos” could further the study of “how human diseases happen and how they progress.”

The National Institutes of Health has imposed a moratorium on funding such experiments. Stuart Newman, a professor of cell biology and anatomy at the New York Medical College, said “You’re getting into unsettling ground that I think is damaging to our sense of humanity.”

Nonetheless, researchers have found other funding sources for work that they say serves “a biomedical purpose.” In his provocative article, Alan Hall explains that declines in social mood produce expressions of dehumanization and social control.

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