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Sixty seconds on . . . synthetic embryos

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.p1393 (Published 19 June 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p1393
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

That sounds futuristic

The future is here—bringing with it a long list of ethical and legal questions—as a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge have successfully developed synthetic human embryo-like models using stem cells.1 They resemble human embryos just past two weeks of growth.

Why are they doing this?

Stem cell based embryo models (SCBEMs) can give researchers insight into the early stages of human development—which are currently inaccessible as …

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