Scientists are today expected to be given the go-ahead to create human-animal embryos.The hybrid embryos will be produced by mixing human cells with animal eggs.
Controversially, the embryos will only be 99.9% human. Around 0.1% of the DNA will be from the animal.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is likely to approve the work after a public consultation found the majority of people were at ease with the research.
The decision will infuriate religious groups, who say scientists are playing God.
If God’s got a problem with it, let him stop those evil scientists himself.
The hybrids will be used to generate stem cells, which could lead to new treatments for currently incurable conditions, such as Parkinson’s and motor neurone disease.
Professor Lyle Armstrong of Newcastle University has already applied for a licence to create hybrid embryos. He told Sky News that the shortage of human eggs has held back stem cell research.
“I get three to four good quality human eggs a month. But in one day I can get 200 cow eggs from a local slaughter house.
“It offers us the chance to make stem cell technology more acccessible to everyone.”