Human embryo ’14 day limit’ may now be lifted

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Many top UK scientists are calling for the current 14-day limit on embryo research to be doubled to 28-days, so they can study the unexplored secrets of early human development.

Lifting the ban could yield major scientific breakthroughs for infertility, miscarriage and birth defects – and it appears there could be public support.

Newly published fieldwork with 70 people, designed to hear diverse public views on the highly controversial topic, suggests the mood is favourable.

Part-funded by the government’s independent UK Research and Innovation body along with the Wellcome Trust, the £100,000 project ran between May and July of this year, asking probing ethical and philosophical questions about the idea of stretching the limit.

Organisations such as Right To Life UK and some religious groups strongly oppose doing medical experiments on human embryos.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “Human embryos should never be experimented on.”



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