Submission from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust supports the use of
medical and scientific embryo research which involves the mixing,
for research purposes only, of human and animal cells and DNA.
Whilst the Cystic Fibrosis Trust sees no immediate research possibilities
in this area, we do recognise the important potential benefit
to human health from being able to grow stem cells with specific
genetic abnormalities, such as Cystic Fibrosis, improving the
efficiency of therapeutic cloning techniques and establishing
cell lines for the testing of new treatment. We further recognise
that the use of human eggs is controversial and, in any event,
human eggs are in very short supply and needed for other purposes.
We urge the HFEA to adopt a policy supportive
of this sort of research subject to its own strict licensing requirements
and to the usual 14 day limit which applies to human embryos.
Sufferers, now and in the future, from medical
conditions which may benefit from this type of research would
be failed by this Government if this research were declared illegal.