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House of Lords supports human embryonic stem cell research

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7280.189 (Published 27 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:189
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Members of the House of Lords—Britain's second parliamentary chamber—have supported government proposals to permit research using human embryonic stem cells, during a debate which many had thought would go against the recommendations.

    Peers voted in favour of proposals approved by MPs in the House of Commons last month to change the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Research Purposes) Regulations and rejected a delaying amendment by 212 votes to 92—an unexpectedly large majority of 120.

    Under the current regulations, embryos up to 14 …

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