British Researchers Get Green Light to Genetically Modify Human Embryos

Scientists investigating miscarriage will not be able to implant embryos or study them for more than two weeks, says HFEA.

Dr Kathy Niakan wants to look at the first few days of fertilisation. Photograph: Francis Crick Institute

Britain’s first genetically modified human embryos could be created within months, after scientists were granted permission by the fertility regulator to carry out the procedure.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) regulator approved a licence application by Kathy Niakan, a stem cell scientist at the Francis Crick Institute in London, to perform so-called genome editing