Hybrid embryo ban ‘unnecessary’


Government plans to ban the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos could potentially harm science, say British members of Parliament.

The UK science and technology select committee called for regulation of such work instead of an “unnecessary” ban.

Some researchers want to mix human and animal cells to create a source of stem cells to help fight human diseases.  It is hoped their stem cells might help in the fight against conditions such as Alzheimer’s or motor neurone disease.

The government has proposed a ban because of what it has called “public unease”. Opponents say there is “global” opposition to such research.

However, as well as the report backing research, a letter from 223 medical charities and patient groups has called for the government to sanction it.

Genetic material would be taken from humans and put into a host animal egg to create hybrid embryos.

More info:  BBC News article


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