Azara Blog: UK allows two groups to create human-animal embryos for research

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Date published: 2008/01/17

The BBC says:

Regulators in the UK have given scientists the green light to create human-animal embryos for research.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority granted permission after a consultation showed the public were "at ease" with the idea.

Experts said it was vital for research into life-threatening diseases.

Two centres, King's College London and Newcastle University, will now be able to begin their work under one-year research licences.

Any other centres wishing to do similar work will have to apply to the HFEA for permission, which will make a decision on a case-b-case basis.

Good news for the world. But it's unfortunate that they always have to hype this stuff (and all other biotechnology that has any relationship whatsoever with medical matters), because nothing ever lives up to the hype. The impact on "life-threatening diseases", if any, will be far down the road.

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