UK judges reverse decision on cloned embryosBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7331.190a (Published 26 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:190
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A High Court ruling that threatened to wreck UK government controls over cloning for research was overturned by the court of appeal last week.
Three appeal court judges, headed by the master of the rolls, Lord Phillips, reversed a ruling last November by Mr Justice Crane that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 did not cover embryos created by cloning, but only those created by fertilisation.
Cloning was still in the future when the act was passed and the statute defines an …