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Scientists Reluctantly Destroy Embryos

World IN BRIEF : BRITAIN

August 02, 1996|From Times Wire Reports

Breaking open glass tubes stored in freezing nitrogen, scientists at fertility clinics in Britain reluctantly destroyed several thousand abandoned human embryos under a law limiting storage to five years. The government rejected pleas from anti-abortion activists to intervene to save the embryos. Scientists complained about the waste of their work as they smashed glass tubes containing the embryos--four-cell dots the size of a grain of sand--that died within minutes and were then incinerated.

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