[DIGEST: NPR, BBC, Newsweek]

Scientists may have found a new way to grow human organs, and they won’t be coming out of 3D-printing machines or human cloning – though the new method may sound more suited to the pages of science fiction than a science lab. Researchers at University of California at Davis are experimenting with chimeras, embryos that contain both human and pig genes, in hopes that pigs might someday carry healthy human organs that could save the lives of those with progressive diseases or traumatic injuries.

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[DIGEST: Science Alert, New York Times, Washington Post]

An international group of about 150 scientists met in May behind closed doors to discuss an unofficial follow-up to the Human Genome Project. This time, however, instead of mapping all the genes in human DNA, the scientists want to create one from scratch.

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