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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Nobel scientists urge fertility watchdog to back hybrid embryos

The Times
January 10, 2007

Nobel scientists urge fertility watchdog to back hybrid embryos
By Nigel Hawkes, Health Editor

Leading scientists, including three Nobel prizewinners, have called on the Government’s fertility watchdog to back the creation of “human-animal” embryos.

In a letter published in The Times today, 45 experts, including the President of the Royal Society, urge the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) not to bar research that could help patients with currently incurable conditions such as motor neuron disease and Alzheimer’s.

The HFEA meets today to consider its policy towards fusing animal eggs with human DNA to create short-lived embryos for research. Three teams have applied for permission to create such embryos.


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