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Hybrid research gets green light

17th January 2008

Scientists have been given permission by UK regulators to create human-animal embryos for research.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority gave the go-ahead after a consultation showed the public were “at ease� with the idea.

The ruling now means that researchers at King’s College London can begin work to create hybrids to study diseases known to have genetic causes - such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease – while a team at Newcastle University can use the technique to help understand how stem cells develop into different tissues in the body.

 

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