HFEA is to launch public debate on hybrid animal-human embryosBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39199.669907.DB (Published 03 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:925
- Clare Dyer
- legal correspondent, BMJ
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the United Kingdom's fertility regulator, has launched a public debate on the ethics of creating hybrid animal-human embryos for research.
The decision to consult the public comes after a provisional proposal by the government last December to ban the creation of hybrid and chimera embryos, which brought an outcry from MPs and scientists (BMJ 2007;334:12, 6 Jan doi: doi: 10.1136/bmj.39080.500648.DB).
The HFEA, which was criticised by MPs for holding up a decision on research applications from scientists at King's College London and Newcastle University, said it would take a policy decision next September …