Cybrids, cytoplasmic hybrids and disease research

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Cybrids, cytoplasmic hybrids and disease research

Here is an article straight out of the UK claiming "The admixed embryos created by the Newcastle group are of a kind known as cytoplasmic hybrids, or cybrids, which are made by placing the nucleus from a human cell into an animal egg that has had its nucleus removed. The genetic material in the resulting embryos is 99.9 per cent human."

I had never heard of this and found it very interesting. I don't have an ethical dilemma with the research, as long as it isn't extended into the creation of a fully developed fetus. I guess the ethical question lies in how long the embryo should be or could be grown.

Here is the link
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article3663033.ece

Thoughts or comments?

Omai

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One more thing,

One more thing,

I read this at the bottom of the article "The Newcastle teams decision to announce its success on television, before its results have been published in a peer-reviewed journal, will also trigger criticism from scientists."

I definitely have an ethical problem with this decision. The idea of presenting work to the public at large without the process of peer review is not scientifically responsible. If this were common practice, it could have dramatic effects on funding and scientific legislation.

Omai