Thursday, January 11, 2007

Public debate on hybrid embryos

BBC News reports (Thursday, 11 January 2007, 11:48 GMT) that the public will be asked whether scientists should be allowed to create hybrid human-animal embryos, regulators have announced.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority says it will not rule on any research applications until a consultation has been completed.

This is in response to two UK requests to mix human and animal cells in order to find cures for degenerative diseases.

The consultation is expected to be completed in the Autumn.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has published a press statement regarding the decision not to take a decision until the consultation has been completed.

The website of Core Ethics has published a useful note as to why the experimentation should not be allowed, bearing in mind that many countries already ban such experimentation, on the gounds that alternative means already exist for achieving the same results.