"Monstrous" to create human-animal hybrids: Vatican

A Holy See spokesperson has described as "monstrous", British licencing of research that will create human-animal hybrid embryos.

The Daily Mail reports that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has agreed in principle to license the experiments.

Bishop Elio Sgreccia said they will be "absolutely against morality".

He said: "That frontier, of the crossroads of distinct species, has been overstepped with the go-ahead of the British Government."

Two teams of scientists hope to be able to create stem cells from their work that could unlock the secrets of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

The so-called chimeras will be 99 per cent human and one per cent cow, and will be destroyed after 14 days.

A final decision is expected in November.

Vatican attacks human hybrids as 'monstrous act against human dignity' (Daily Mail, 7/9/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Let chimeras live: UK bishops (CathNews, 28/6/07)
Bishop Elio Sgreccia (Catholic Hierarchy)

10 Sep 2007