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Vatican newspaper denounces UK approval of ‘gene-editing’ of human embryos

February 03, 2016

The United Kingdom’s Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority has approved a request by scientists to genetically modify and then destroy human embryos conceived through in vitro fertilization.

The Francis Crick Institute, where the study is taking place, said in a statement that “the knowledge acquired from the research will be important for understanding how a healthy human embryo develops. This knowledge may improve embryo development after in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and might provide better clinical treatments for infertility, using conventional medical methods.”

In a front-page L’Osservatore Romano article, Italian bioethicist Laura Palazzani denounced the decision and noted that there has been criticism from the scientific community of similar experiments in China.


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