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Human Fertilisation and Embryology

Part of Living Wage (Reporting) – in the House of Commons at 2:29 pm on 3rd February 2015.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Conservative, Congleton 2:29 pm, 3rd February 2015

Let me put it this way. Some may take the view that at such an early stage of human life, it is acceptable deliberately to create human embryos to then destroy them. However, the truth is that once upon a time I was an embryo and so was every other Member in this Chamber.

This debate is about the principle of genetically altering—indeed, genetically creating—a human being, and no matter how well meaning the motives, and my heart goes out to the families with mitochondrial disease, this technique will not cure that disease. That answers the question asked in the intervention on Luciana Berger, the shadow Minister. This technique will not cure that disease.