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‘Three-parent’ embryo technique is unethical and macabre

by John Smeaton, SPUC

SPUC has responded to the announcement by the Wellcome Trust that embryo research into mitochondrial disease will start at its £5.8 million new centre at Newcastle University. At the same time the government has launched a public consultation on whether to pass legislation to allow the 'three-parent' embryo technique to be used for medical treatment.

Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, told the media earlier today:

"These macabre experiments are both destructive and dangerous and therefore unethical. The vast majority of embryonic children created in the laboratory are killed because they do not meet the 'quality control' requirements dictated by scientists involved in such increasingly macabre experiments.

"It doesn't matter how an embryonic child is created, he or she is still an innocent member of the human family and therefore has the right to life.

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