HC Deb 10 December 2003 vol 415 cc509-10W
Jim Dobbin

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the safety of therapeutic cloning. [141564]

Miss Melanie Johnson

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has not yet issued any licence for human therapeutic cloning research.

One of the aims of therapeutic cloning research will be to explore new means of deriving stem cells and tissues which may, in future, be used in treatment of serious disease. As with any cell or tissue based therapy, they will undergo comprehensive assessment of safety.

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