"Play it stupid, man-mouse, and we might just let you live."

SJMN: Stanford gets OK to try human cells in mouse brain

The ethics committee has asked Weissman, as he proceeds with research, to kill the mice as they develop to see if their brains are developing in human ways.

If there is anything that might suggest some risk that there is anything that might remotely be viewed as `humanness' being transferred to a mouse, we've asked him to stop,'' Greely said.

So the more human the man-mice get, the more likely the work is cut off -- which is to say, the man-mice involved are quickly killed and dissected. Might that not be backward in some important sense?

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