Regulator gives green light to research using human-animal embryos

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 13 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:531
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Scientists in the UK could be carrying out research using animal-human hybrid embryos by the end of the year after a decision by the UK's fertility watchdog to approve in principle the use of certain types of hybrid embryos for research.

    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has declared that cytoplasmic hybrid embryos, which are 99.9% human and are made using the shell of an animal egg implanted with human genetic material, are desirable both scientifically and ethically.

    The authority made its decision on Wednesday (5 September) following consultations with scientists and other stakeholders and the general public. The embryos should provide scientists with a …

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