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Orders of the Day — Human Fertilisation and Embryology

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:22 pm on 19th December 2000.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough 6:22 pm, 19th December 2000

The hon. Gentleman is entirely honest in the way in which he promotes his point of view and does not take any prisoners, which is good. Does he accept that the purpose of cell nuclear replacement is to create an embryo that is genetically identical to the patient so that cells derived from it are perfectly matched to the patient? Cell nuclear replacement is a technique that was used in the cloning of Dolly the sheep. Therefore, it is scientifically clear that cell nuclear replacement is a technique for the cloning of humans although, admittedly, it is at the first stage. Does the hon. Gentleman accept that?