When scientists in China announced they had genetically modified human embryos in a world first earlier this year, there was an outcry.
UK scientists are seeking permission to genetically modify human embryos for the first time.
Researchers at The Francis Crick Institute in London want to use a controversial genetic technique to carry out research into infertility.
The embryos would be destroyed after the research and not implanted into the womb.
The government’s fertility watchdog said it had received the application, which would be looked at in due course.
In the UK, it is illegal to use gene editing of embryos in IVF treatment, but it is permissible for research purposes, under a licence.
“We have recently received an application to use Crispr/Cas9 (gene editing) in one of our licensed research projects, and it will be considered in due course,” said a spokesperson for the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA).
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