I argued in Parliament against the creation of human-animal hybrids as a matter of principle. None of the scientists who appeared before us could give us any justification in terms of treatment.

Ethically it can never be justifiable – it discredits us as a country. It is dabbling in the grotesque.

At every stage the justification from scientists has been: if only you allow us to do this, we will find cures for every illness known to mankind. This is emotional blackmail.

Of the 80 treatments and cures which have come about from stem cells, all have come from adult stem cells – not embryonic ones. On moral and ethical grounds this fails; and on scientific and medical ones too.

~ House of Lords member Baron David Alton of Liverpool, remarking on the discovery that 155 human-animal chimera embryos had been secretly produced over the past 3 years in 3 different UK labs, Daily Mail, July 23

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