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[Editorial] UK guidance on human–animal hybrid research

Last week, the Academy of Medical Sciences in the UK welcomed the publication of new guidelines by the Home Office on the use of animals containing human material (ACHM) based on the Academy’s recommendations in their report published in 2011. This research involves the introduction of human DNA sequences, cells, or tissues into animals to create animal models of human diseases to enable their study more accurately, where alternative approaches are not morally or ethically possible, or are insufficient.