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Public support for hybrid embryos rises with knowledge, poll shows

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39329.482326.4E (Published 06 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:466
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the United Kingdom's fertility watchdog, will decide this week whether to approve in principle the use of hybrid animal-human embryos for research.

    Results of a public consultation on the matter, which were released before the authority's decisive meeting that was due to be held on Wednesday 5 September, indicate a widespread lack of understanding among the public on the need and worth of creating hybrid embryos. This is undermining public support for the matter. However, support for hybrid research increases as people appreciate the science involved and its possible applications.

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