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I've been reading about the Bill that's currently going through Parliament concerning embryo research. Part of it is to allow the use of animal-human genetic material. It's something I feel I should have an opinion about, but I'm not really sure what is actually involved.

I've tried looking on the net but I can only find arguments for and against, no real explanation of what it's all about.

Does anyone know? And can you give an unbiased account of it?
« Last Edit: 06/04/2008 10:33:50 by chris »


 

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Will ask David and see if he knows. It is part of his job to be up to date with new treatment advances. I will post later.
 

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Cheers, Shaz!
 

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No he can't explain it. He's not into that side of things at the moment. Try

http://today.reuters.co.uk

Go to the science and health section. This has the up-to-date news stories and goes into more depth than most.
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I can't see anything about it there.
 

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All I know is that they take an empty animal cell and inject a human nucleus into it. They don't let it grow beyond a certain number of cells.
 

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« Last Edit: 25/03/2008 22:26:59 by Make it Lady »
 

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"We're sorry... this story is not currently available"
 

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Try this putting hybrid embryo research into google and looking at the BBC link. I can't seem to get the link to copy across.
It gets more detailed as it goes on and is balanced. It is a shame about the reuters one it went into lots of detail.
Time on-line also has a good article.
 
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I looked at the BBC link earlier but it wasn't much help. Maybe they've changed it. I'll take another look.
 

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Here's an overview of the basis of chimaeric embryos, which was included as part of the programme aired on September 2nd 2007:

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/news/news/838/

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