New scientific breakthrough sees human embryos grown in lab for almost two weeks

New scientific breakthrough sees human embryos grown in lab for almost two weeks

Scientists have succeeded in growing human embryos in a lab for nearly two weeks.

It is the first time they have been grown beyond the stage where they would naturally implant themselves in a mother's womb.

It raises new ethical questions - including whether the 14 day legal limit on growing embryos should change.

IVF consultant Professor Geeta Nargund has said it is a big development: “This is an important scientific breakthrough.

“Implantation failure is a very common reason for failure of IVF as well for early miscarriages.”

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