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Volume 700: debated on Wednesday 23 April 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why the British Council hosted a public debate on hybrid embryos combining animal eggs with human cells at the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem on 27 March; which panellists spoke against the proposals at the debate; and what role they played in supporting this event. [HL3073]

UK scientists were invited to attend a Stem Cells Research, Social and Ethical Issues seminar hosted by Tel Aviv University in March. As part of this visit and as part of the British Council's commitment to communicating issues in contemporary science, the British Council supported the Bloomfield Science Museum in hosting a small round-table discussion in the margins of this seminar which focused on understanding “hybrid embryos”. The museum advertised this discussion in advance to its membership and several members of the public attended to listen and ask questions.