Select Committee on Science and Technology Fifth Report

7  Conclusion

116. Our inquiry has focused on the particular issue of the creation of human-animal chimera or hybrid embryos for research purposes, using the specific example of cytoplasmic hybrid embryos to assess whether such research is desirable and necessary now. We have found the Government's published proposals for future regulation in this area to be unacceptable and potentially harmful to UK science. The Minister has strongly protested that the general interpretation of what the Government is seeking to do is mistaken, and also that she is prepared to revise the proposals for inclusion in the forthcoming draft Bill. We urge the Government to take our Report into consideration in preparation of the draft Bill.

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