Looks like they have not let them develop beyond the micro stages, but they exist. From 2011, so “old news”, but I’d not seen the story until now.
150 human animal hybrids grown in UK labs: Embryos have been produced secretively for the past three years
By Daniel Martin for the Daily Mail and Simon Caldwell for MailOnline
Created: 16:18 EST, 22 July 2011
Scientists have created more than 150 human-animal hybrid embryos in British laboratories.
The hybrids have been produced secretively over the past three years by researchers looking into possible cures for a wide range of diseases.
Figures seen by the Daily Mail show that 155 ‘admixed’ embryos, containing both human and animal genetic material, have been created since the introduction of the 2008 Human Fertilisation Embryology Act.
This legalised the creation of a variety of hybrids, including an animal egg fertilised by a human sperm; ‘cybrids’, in which a human nucleus is implanted into an animal cell; and ‘chimeras’, in which human cells are mixed with animal embryos.
However, he called for stricter controls on another type of embryo research, in which animal embryos are implanted with a small amount of human genetic material.
Human-animal hybrids are also created in other countries, many of which have little or no regulation.
So we have the technology to make all sorts of hybrids, but we’ll just not bother to do it ’cause it’s wrong…
So not ONE army, anywhere in the world, would be willing to create a class of soldier with the acute hearing of a top predator, the strength of a gorilla, the ability to see in the dark, etc. etc. Because it would be wrong… And who would want a tracking dog that could tell you what he smelled, or climb trees…
I’m sure everyone will follow the rules… /sarc;
Me? I want a prehensile tail, please. Oh, and about 1/2 inch long body fur would be nice…