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25 July 2011

New rules on hybrid experiments

Scientific experiments that insert human genes or cells into animals need new rules to ensure they are ethically acceptable, British researchers said.

Scientific experiments that insert human genes or cells into animals need new rules to ensure they are ethically acceptable and do not lead to the creation of monsters, a group of leading British researchers said.

Chinese scientists have already introduced human stem cells into goat foetuses and US  researchers have studied the idea of creating a mouse with human brain cells – though they have not actually done so.

But the brain, germ and reproductive cells are cause for concern
Such controversial research needs special oversight, according to a report from Britain's Academy of Medical Sciences on the use of animals containing human material.

 
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