Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Church: Chimera embryos have right to life

From the UK and the Telegraph: Under proposed legislation to be debated by Parliament later this year, scientists will be given permission for the first time to create chimeric embryos for research as long as they destroy them within two weeks. But the Roman Catholic Church opined that human-animal hybrid embryos conceived in the laboratory - so-called “chimeras” - should be regarded as human and their mothers should be allowed to give birth to them:
"The bishops, who believe that life begins at conception, said that they opposed the creation of any embryo solely for research, but they were also anxious to limit the destruction of such life once it had been brought into existence. In their submission to the committee, they said: 'At the very least, embryos with a preponderance of human genes should be assumed to be embryonic human beings, and should be treated accordingly.'"

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