MPs vote to allow creation of “admixed” embryos

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 22 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1149
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Scientists will be allowed to create “admixed” human and animal embryos for research in the United Kingdom after MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the move this week.

    MPs voted 336 to 176 against an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that would have banned the creation of such embryos.

    A second amendment, to outlaw the use of so called true hybrids, which could contain as much as 50% animal matter, was defeated by 286 votes to 223.

    Scientists want to be able to use admixed embryos because of the shortage of …

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