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British scientists have received permission to clone human embryos for medical research - the first such licence given in Europe.
A spokeswoman for Newcastle University says researchers will be allowed to create embryos as a source of stem cells to cure diseases.
The university says the go-ahead has been given by Britain's reproduction regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).
Cloning has been legal in Britain since 2002 but such projects require authorisation from the authority.
HFEA chair Suzi Leather says the decision to has been taken "after careful consideration of all the scientific, ethical, legal and medical aspects of the project."
"This research is preliminary, it is not aimed at specific illnesses, but is the foundation for further development in the treatment of serious disease," she said in a written statement.
Originally posted by American Mad Man
My thought is that it could end up being a really really good thing, or a seriously bad thing.
Originally posted by Opus
Another step towards turning humans into products. One president at a time.