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UK may allow creation of “cybrids” for stem cell research

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 08 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:495
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    The UK government looks increasingly likely to change its mind and approve plans for scientists to create part human, part animal embryos for research purposes.

    The health minister Caroline Flint told MPs last week it was possible that the government might withdraw the ban on such work when it was agreeing its draft bill that will form the basis of new laws on fertility treatment and embryo research.

    Ms Flint was giving evidence to MPs on the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology, which is holding an inquiry into the matter.

    Two teams of scientists, at Newcastle University and King's College London, have submitted applications to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to create hybrid animal-human …

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