Skip to comments.Gordon Brown backs animal-human hybrids (Support expressed prior to key vote; Video incl.)
Posted on 05/18/2008 10:23:48 AM PDT by Stoat
"Britain is at the forefront of this research and responsible for much of the worldwide progress," he wrote in The Observer newspaper.
The premier supports scientists who want to insert the nuclei of human cells into animal eggs, creating hybrid embryos which are allowed to grow for a few days.
MPs have a free vote this week on whether hybrid embryos should be legal as part of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.
Mr Brown said he had "deep respect" for those who disagree with the bill because of religious conviction but added that "we owe it to ourselves and future generations" to back stem cell research.
He said his government had sought to introduce "clear laws" permitting use of stem cells within a "clear, managed, legal framework, subject to the strictest supervision".
"Let me be clear: if we want to sustain stem cell research and bring new cures and treatments to millions of people, I believe admixed embryos are necessary.
"The question for me is not whether they should exist, but how their use should be controlled," he added.
"The scientists I speak to are committed to what they see as an inherently moral endeavour, that can save and improve the lives of thousands and over time, millions."
Mr Brown's appeal has a personal dimension because his younger son, Fraser, has cystic fibrosis - a condition that could benefit from embryo research.
The bill will also see free votes on amendments to tighten abortion laws, by reducing the upper limit from 24 weeks to 22 or even 20 weeks.
Figures uncovered by the Telegraph show that almost 4,000 women have had at least four abortions, including dozens who have undergone six by the age of 30.
Dawn Primarolo, the Public Health Minister, accused some MPs of "hijacking" the bill to lower the abortion limit below 24 weeks.
Playing God is going top get us into deep trouble one of these days.
He'll change his tune when he finds out the sheep can talk.
I know, they are terrible liars...
The science fiction writer Cordwainer Smith described “underpeople,” or animal-human hybrids, who had to struggle for civil rights.
The guy is evil.
Wow, straight out of Full Metal Alchemist!