Thursday, September 16, 2010

Christine O'Donnell on Mice with Human Brains

The gold rush to mine Christine O'Donnell's extensive video history for ever more preposterous remarks has reached a fever pitch. Little Green Footballs (via TPM) has dug up this remarkable conversation she had on the O'Reilly Factor in 2007, in which she warned of the moral danger of breeding lab mice with human brains:
O'DONNELL: They are — they are doing that here in the United States. American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains. So they're already into this experiment.
TPM helpfully offers this explanation for O'Donnell's astounding assertion:
It's possible that O'Donnell was misremembering this 2005 report on scientists who successfully grew human brain cells within mice -- which is not the same as an actual functioning human brain, but a demonstration that human brain cells can be made from stem cells.

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