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date: 05 May 2021

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Treatments: 2 314

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In May 2008 an attempt to ban the experimentation on hybrid embryos was defeated in the House of Commons. The Human Fertilization and Embryology Bill could change the law on embryo research for the first time in 20 years, allowing regulated research using hybrid (admix) embryos. A hybrid is formed when nuclei of human embryonic cells are inserted into ‘empty’ animal eggs. It is planned that the resultant embryos will be allowed to develop for 14 days and stem cells will then be harvested. It is hoped that research using these cells could lead to greater knowledge regarding Type 1 diabetes and other serious debilitating conditions....

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