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Humsters are routinely created for mainly two reasons:
- To avoid legal issues with working with pure human embryonic stem cell lines.
- To assess the viability of human sperm for in vitro fertilization.
Somatic cell hybrids between hamster or mouse and man have been used for mapping of various traits at least since the 1970s.
- Humans and Hybrids: A Critique of the Western Moral Framework
- Junca et al. (1983) Evaluation of human sperm fertility by interspecific (human spermatozoa-hamster oocytes) in vitro fertilization. Acta Eur. Fertil. 14, 191-196
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