Cybrid human embryos-warranting opportunities to augment embryonic stem cell research

Josef Fulka, Jnr, Helena Fulka, Justin St John, Cesere Galli, Giovanna Lazzari, Irina Lagutina, Josef Fulka, Pasqualino Loi

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The recent vote in the British Parliament allows scientists in principle to create hybrid embryos by transferring human somatic cell nuclei into animal oocytes. This vote opens a fascinating new area of research with the central aim of generating interspecific lines of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) that could potentially be used to understand development, differentiation, gene expression and genomic compatibility. It will also promote human cell therapies, as well as the pharmaceutical industry s search for new drug targets. If this approach is to be successful, many biological questions need to be answered and, in addition, some moral and ethical aspects must be taken into account.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469 - 474
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Developmental Biology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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