UK government U-turns on hybrid embryos

Another day, another huge reversal of stated policy by the Uk government – maybe Tony’s resignation is having repercussions already. Whatever the cause, the news is that a new draft bill will allow scientists to create hybrid embryos for research purposes – that’s ‘hybrid’ as in ‘human and animal genetic matter combined’, by the way. They’ve stopped short of permitting the outright fertilisation of human eggs by animal sperm, but this is definite legislative progress toward a future where medical research is unrestrained by the knee-jerk objections of tabloid media consumers. w00t!