Planned changes in law on embryo research will hit researchersBMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39080.500648.DB (Published 04 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:12
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A shake-up of the UK law on assisted reproduction and embryo research will ban the creation of hybrid or chimera embryos—those containing material from humans and other animals—but will leave open the possibility in the future of using such embryos for research.
The ban will be included in a draft bill planned by the government, which will also contain a power for regulations to be made outlining the circumstances in which such embryos could be used for research in the future.
The decision, spelt out in a white paper from the Department of Health outlining the wide ranging reforms, is a blow to researchers who have …