Bill allowing creation of “admixed” embryos for research passes first hurdle

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 15 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1089
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Controversial legislation to regulate the use of human embryos for research and treatment in the United Kingdom had its second reading in the House of Commons this week, but ministers face a fight next week to push the most contentious measures through.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, which updates 1990 legislation to take account of advances in technology, passed the second reading by 340 votes to 78, with only nine Labour MPs rebelling.

The government imposed a whip to ensure that the bill achieved its second reading, but its real test will …

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