Permission given to create human/animal hybrid embryos.
The United Kingdom's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
This HFEA permission entails using animal eggs (in this case bovine eggs) with genetic material removed and DNA DNA: see nucleic acid.
or deoxyribonucleic acid
One of two types of nucleic acid (the other is RNA); a complex organic compound found in all living cells and many viruses. It is the chemical substance of genes. from humans implanted in them, and resulting in a human/animal hybrid embryo known as a chimera, considered 99 percent human. The chimeras are grown in the lab for about two weeks until they mature enough to be used as a source of stem cells stem cells, unspecialized human or animal cells that can produce mature specialized body cells and at the same time replicate themselves. Embryonic stem cells are derived from a blastocyst (the blastula typical of placental mammals; see embryo), which is very young . The developmental manipulators justify this experimental degradation of human life with excuses and promises of cures for motor neuron diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, and 70 other diseases. To date, not even one cure has been found for a single disease via embryonic stem-cell research Noun 1. embryonic stem-cell research - biological research on stem cells derived from embryos and on their use in medicine
stem-cell research - research on stem cells and their use in medicine .
The Catholic bishops in the UK publicly stated their opposition to "the creation of any embryo solely for research," and "believe all life begins at conception." They added, "At the very least, embryos with a preponderance of human genes should be assumed to be embryonic human beings, and be treated accordingly." Dr. David King of the watchdog group Human Genetics Alert wonders if it's another step toward producing genetically modified babies.
1. The belief in or the policy of advancing toward a goal by gradual, often slow stages.
2. Biology achieves much these day. Is the next previously unthinkable enormity to be committed the fertilizing of human eggs with animal sperm?