HFEA will defend challenge from Christian group on hybrid embryo research

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 17 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:850
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the body that regulates embryo research in the United Kingdom, will “robustly” defend a legal challenge filed with the High Court last week on the HFEA’s decision to grant licences for research using hybrid human-animal embryos.

The Christian Legal Centre (a non-denominational group campaigning for Christian values) and Comment on Reproductive Ethics (which describes itself as a public interest group on human reproduction issues) have asked for a judicial review of the HFEA’s decision in January to approve research using human-animal cytoplasmic hybrid embryos by scientists at King’s College London and Newcastle University (BMJ …

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