Limit on Embryo Use Asked

COPENHAGEN-The use of human embryos in industry should be banned and their use in therapeutic and scientific work strongly regulated, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has recommended to its 22 members. Its recommendation, approved Sept. 25, calls on European governments to forbid "the maintenance of embryos in vitro beyond the 14th day after fertilization." "We realize the scientific world will find this very restrictive," said Bjoern Elmquist, a Danish member of parliament an

Tor Noerretranders
Oct 19, 1986

COPENHAGEN-The use of human embryos in industry should be banned and their use in therapeutic and scientific work strongly regulated, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has recommended to its 22 members. Its recommendation, approved Sept. 25, calls on European governments to forbid "the maintenance of embryos in vitro beyond the 14th day after fertilization."

"We realize the scientific world will find this very restrictive," said Bjoern Elmquist, a Danish member of parliament and chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Council.

The Council recommended that governments limit the industrial use of embryos, or tissues from. them, to strictly therapeutic purposes. It would forbid research on human embryos likely to stay alive and be born, as well as experimentation on living embryos, whether viable or not. It also called for a ban on the creation of embryos in vitro for use in research and on the...