Government legal and ethical experts are to discuss whether families can ‘bank’ embryos not just for procreation but also for use by doctors to create personalised treatments for parents and their children.
Now, embryos – the first stage of life after an egg has been successfully fertilised – can be stored for up to five years but only for procreation.
But a huge ethical debate is set to erupt as the Government’s fertility watchdog, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), moves closer to endorsing new developments in medical science.
It will debate whether embryos could be stored to harvest important stem cells that have the ability to turn into any tissue type in the body.
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