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Birth of a debate: Man-cow hybrid embryo creates row

Published on Fri, Apr 04, 2008 at 16:12,

London: A debate has been triggered off in Britain after researchers at Newcastle University were successful in creating a human-cow hybrid embryo.

Although the embryo was destroyed in three days, scientists feel if they are successful in creating human embryos from animal eggs it will help devleop cures for diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Multiple Sclerosis.

Dr Stephen Minger, Kings College, London says, “The most hateful things that I've heard said about us is that they liken us to Mengele, to the Nazis, that we're creating monsters, that our research is grotesque and Frankenstein-like.”

The research, if successful, will benefit people like Caroline Haynes, who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

“We are the ones who should speak out about this, because we know more than anybody how this will affect us in the future,” says a patient Caroline Haynes.


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