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UK's Human Fertilisation & Embryology Act 2008 in force

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 came into force on October 1. The review of its predecessor, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, was conducted in large measure to reflect technological developments, and is "particularly important with regards to stem cell regulation and research", according to the UK's BioIndustry Association. The government described the legislation as "ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of scientific advances in this field". The Act "ensures regulation of human-admixed embryos, created from a combination of human and animal genetic material for stem cell research".

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