Is England actually The Island of Dr. Moreau? The short answer is no, but the long answer is... maybe someday soon? Just days after the UK laid out proposed regulations for animal-human hybrids, comes word that over the last years researchers across the pond have made more than 150 animal-human hybrids in labs. All of the embryos were destroyed within two weeks (as required by law) but the news just goes to show that parts of H. G. Wells' famous story may not be far from fruition.

As part of the research British scientists made three different kinds of embryos in their experiments: animal eggs fertilized with human sperm, animal cells with human nucleuses implanted (or "cybrids") and human cells mixed with animal embryos ("chimeras"). The research was totally legal there and was well regulated—Europeans in general have been more freaked out by GM foods and animals than Americans have. By law all of the embryos that were created were disposed of within 14 days. Further, all of the research has since stopped due to lack of funding. But still! OMG! Sci-fi come to life!

Naturally, some are worried about what happens when unregulated scientists start doing similar dabbling and let their embryos grow past the 14-day mark. Can a future of children with gills and cats with hands be that far off? At what point do the apes start talking? Wait, wait, wait. We get it now. How convenient that this news has been released just as the ad campaign for the new Planet of the Apes movie (starring James Franco!) begins to build...