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HUMAN-ANIMAL EMBRYOS SET TO BE APPROVED IN UK

On Wednesday, a fertility "watch-dog" in Britain is expected to approve the fusing of human cells with animal eggs to develop stem cells for therapeutic purposes. This is a highly contentious procedure and has thus far only been conducted in China.

"The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) will rule on applications by two teams of scientists for licenses to create human-animal embryos, sometimes known as hybrids or chimeras, from which stem cells could be extracted to help understand and treat genetic disorders."

"Britain has one of the most permissive approaches in the world, alongside the likes of China and South Korea. British scientists have already won permission to clone new embryos, using spare eggs harvested during in vitro fertilization treatment (IVF)."

"A study published by the HFEA on Monday showed that [the idea] enjoy[s] wider public support than might otherwise have been expected in deeply secular Britain. According to the survey of 2,000 people, while 56 percent of people agreed that scientists should be allowed to use human embryos in research, only 35 percent agreed with the idea of mixing human and animal matter to create an embryo for research purposes; 48 percent disagreed."

"But scientists say there are not nearly enough fresh human eggs. Many hundreds may be needed to generate a single stem-cell line. Donation rates are low (infertile women must increasingly go overseas for IVF) and few women will undergo a complicated, risky procedure for the sake of science."

"I can understand why people are freaked out by this, but the embryos will never be implanted and the cells won't be used for therapy - this is about studying the development of diseases in a Petri dish," he said."

Are we to trust these unethical so called scientists about the future of this experimental procedure? It has been downhill for science since man began ignoring the natural law and playing God, and it has been downhill for Britain since the Reformation.

Compiled from
Daily Mail and the Christian Science Monitor