As a follow up to Chris's blog in April of this year, the High Court has now ruled that the Christian Legal Centre's challenge to creating human-animal embryos for research purposes was "totally without merit".
The Court heard that using human eggs for research purposes was expensive and they were in short supply. Despite the Christian Legal Centre's (CLC) arguments that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (1990 Act) did not allow licensing of human-animal embryos, the Court decided that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) had acted within its powers.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill 2008, which updates the definition of "embryo" to include hybrid embryos, had already received Royal Assent before the case was heard. To then allows CLC's challenge to succeed would have been somewhat ludicrous, knowing that it is Parliament's intention to allow licences for such research to be granted even if at the time the 1990 Act came into force the hybrid embryo technology was unforeseen.