human-animal hybrid embryos coming

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7193820.stm

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.

Strong placebo effect for acupuncture in dealing with back pain

BBC

Acupuncture – real or sham – is more effective at treating back pain than conventional therapies, research suggests.

A German team found almost half the patients treated with acupuncture felt pain relief.

But the Archives of Internal Medicine study also suggests fake acupuncture works nearly as well as the real thing.

In contrast, only about a quarter who received drugs and other Western therapies felt better.