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Hybrid embryo plan wins OK

October 23, 2008|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A British plan to allow scientists to use hybrid animal-human embryos for stem cell research won final approval from lawmakers in a sweeping overhaul of sensitive science laws.

The House of Commons also clarified laws that allow the screening of embryos to produce babies with suitable bone marrow or other material for transplant to sick siblings.

The legislators voted 355 to 129 to authorize the proposals after months of debate that has pitted Prime Minister Gordon Brown's government and scientists against religious leaders, antiabortion campaigners and others.

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