HFEA is to launch public debate on hybrid animal-human embryos

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 03 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:925
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. legal correspondent, BMJ

    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the United Kingdom's fertility regulator, has launched a public debate on the ethics of creating hybrid animal-human embryos for research.

    The decision to consult the public comes after a provisional proposal by the government last December to ban the creation of hybrid and chimera embryos, which brought an outcry from MPs and scientists (BMJ 2007;334:12, 6 Jan doi: doi: 10.1136/bmj.39080.500648.DB).

    The HFEA, which was criticised by MPs for holding up a decision on research applications from scientists at King's College London and Newcastle University, said it would take a policy decision next September …

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