Green light for hybrid research
Regulators in the UK have given scientists the green light to create human-animal embryos for research. 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-by-case basis.
Scientists want to create hybrid embryos by merging human cells with animal eggs in a bid to extract stem cells. The embryos would then be destroyed within 14 days.