Human Chimera

Contest Info

  • Started: 3/26/2007 06:00
  • Ended: 3/28/2007 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 28
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
Human Chimera
Contest Directions: Scientists have created a sheep that's 15% human. The sheep looks 25% more human than Michael Jackson.
In this contest you are asked to photoshop human chimera - combine humans and animals into one species any way you like.

Contest Info

    • Started: 3/26/2007 06:00
    • Ended: 3/28/2007 06:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 28
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
28 pictures
  • Toothed Frog

    Toothed Frog
  • Naked Britney

    Naked Britney
  • Rooster

    Rooster
  • Tiger

    Tiger
  • Cow

    Cow
  • Horse

    Horse
  • Centaur

    Centaur
  • Sheep

    Sheep
  • Horse

    Horse
  • Mermaid

    Mermaid
28 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: For the first time in history of genetics and bioengineering, scientists have created a human chimera, which has 15% human cells and 85% of sheep cells. It's important to note that human and animal DNA is not mixed with each other and is stored in separate cells, which are mixed with each other. The species looks like a normal sheep and human cells are mostly located in the sheep's organs, such as liver, kidneys, heart and brain. Such organs can be considered half human and are in principle suitable to be transplanted into human body. Technically the human chimera is created by extracting stem cells with DNA from the donor bone marrow and implanting them into fetus of a sheep. When a lamb is born, it has the organs that are partially human. The whole idea on this multimillion dollar scientific project is to be able to create new partially human organs from the stem cells of donors in need of transplant. The development cycle of sheep allows only months for creating adult organs that are suitable for transplant to a particular donor and already contain his cells, which would prevent organ rejection. The idea is to implant stem cells into several fetuses, to make sure that even if one or two of them die before they grow into adult animal, there are still others chimeras left which by then have developed fully grown organs suitable for transplants to the particular donor. There are thousands of people in the US who are waiting for organ transplants and most of them will die because transplants will not become available in time. So the research sounds good and needed, and will save lives. But there are many critics of the human chimera methods pointing to moral and biological issues. Moral side of it is "scientists playing God" which interferes with the creation and evolution and may result in strange mutants. Biological hazard of this approach is the potential to bring so called silent viruses into humans. Such viruses are harmless to animals, but can be deadly to humans, especially when silent viruses start to mutate. Such was the case with HIV - the silent virus which lived for thousands of years in monkeys which are not affected by it. Humans got infected with this virus through the contact with monkeys and the result was the mutated virus which is deadly to humans and is one of the biggest challenges to the modern science. The latest discoveries in anthropology: The turn of new century and the new millennium was marked by remarkable events in anthropology and palaeontology. In 2000, French researchers - palaeontologists, led by Bridget Senya found parts of skeletons (13 pieces) of five great apes during excavation works in Kenya, near Lake Baringo. The "age" of these skeleton parts was more than 6 million years! This "great ancestor" lived during the period which is significant for the simian theory, when the evolutionary branch of hominids and chimpanzees were divided, maybe a little later. The new millennium gave researchers another very interesting discovery: a group of researchers, led by M. Leakey, discovered a skull on the banks of river Lomkvi in Kenya. The skull belonged to hominids, who lived 3.5 million years ago, i.e, during the spread of several species of Australopithecus in Africa. But it was not Australopithecus - he had a very peculiar structure of the skull and the face was unusually flattened. From here originated the name "flat-Kenianthropus". Perhaps, Kenianthropus was the ancestor of Homo rudolfensis. But these remarkable discoveries have not exhausted the list of sensationalism, brought by new century. In 2002, French researcher Michel Brunet talked about the discovery of a new skull in Chad (Central Africa). The age of the skull, probably, may exceed the "age" of orrorin: 6-7 million years. Along with general primitive structure, which includes many monkey features, anthropologists are ascertaining some features, that resemble skulls of hominids in the appearance of finding. The newly discovered creature was named Sahelanthropus tchadensis (Sahelantrop Chad). Unfortunately, the limb bones were not found and therefore it would be difficult to judge the degree of closeness of the first sahelanthropus with hominids according to the skull. Apparently, it was a monkey, which has features of hominids in its structure and lived in the era of the division of evolutionary branches of chimpanzee and human ancestors. In any case, valuable new findings of anthropologists and palaeontologists in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, give the latest and the all important finishing touches to the picture of the evolutionary tree of mankind, which was drawn by several generations of researchers. And with each of these lines strengthens the position of the Darwinian simian theory, which successfully withstands the test of time.