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UK research community is to consult on use of animals containing human material

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 11 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4675
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    UK researchers have launched a wide ranging consultation on the scientific, ethical, safety, and regulatory issues associated with the use in scientific studies of animals that contain human material. They aim to develop a robust and regulatory framework.

    Research involving the use of animal material in humans is already tightly regulated. But although there have been major research developments involving the incorporation of human material into animals over the past 40 years, currently no clear regulation exists in this area, and little public discussion has taken place of what is considered acceptable.

    Martin Bobrow, chairman of the working group that will coordinate the consultation and emeritus professor of medical genetics at Cambridge University, said, “Consultation for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act last year enabled widespread discussion about research on human embryos, including those incorporating animal genetic material. But research involving animals containing human …

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