‘Human-animal’ embryo green light

Early embryoRegulators have agreed in principle to allow human-animal embryos to be created and used for research.

But scientists wanting to use hybrids will still need to make individual applications, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority said.

An HFEA consultation showed the public were “at ease” with the idea when told it could pave the way for therapies for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Opponents have said many people would be “horrified” by such a move.

Scientists want to create hybrid embryos by merging human cells with animal eggs in a bid to extract stem cells. The embryos would then be destroyed within 14 days.

Source:  BBC News

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