Differentiating between human and non-human interspecies embryos

J Med Ethics doi:10.1136/medethics-2013-101363 Published online 24 May 2013.

Author: Calum MacKellar

“Should certain human–non-human interspecies embryos come under human or animal legislation? This was a question that was discussed in the UK House of Lords, in December 2012, whereby grave ethical concerns were expressed due to the sensitivity of the general public towards the moral status of embryos considered to be human. It took place in the context of the new Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (ASP Act 1986) Amendment Regulations 2012 transposing the European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes which had to be implemented on 1 January 2013…”

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