Embryology

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st July 2009.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 7 July (WA 127), whether an embryo in which cell division and development has ceased for at least 24 hours is considered by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority or its peer reviewers to be optimal for derivation of stem cells.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has advised that this is not considered to be an optimal method for derivation of stem cells.

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