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Christian Legal Centre has taken legal action against the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, which it claims acted beyond its power in allowing Newcastle University and King's College London to create human-animal hybrid embryos for medical research, reports the BBC. The full Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, which updates existing legislation and would allow human stem cells to be grown inside animal eggs, is currently going through Parliament.

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