Azara Blog: Consultation over hybrid human-animal embryos

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Date published: 2007/01/11

The BBC says:

The public will be asked whether scientists should be allowed to create hybrid human-animal embryos, regulators have announced.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority says it will not rule on any research applications until a consultation has been completed.

Ministers proposed outlawing such work after unfavourable public opinion.

Two UK teams have put in requests to mix human and animal cells in order to find cures for degenerative diseases.

This kind of consultation is pointless, the activists just hijack the proceedings. The only question here is whether the scientists can muster more of their side to overcome the religious fundamentalists who oppose any such research. The consultation will not reflect public opinion (most people could probably care less whether the research goes ahead or not, with a leaning towards yes if they are told there might be medical advances as a result).

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