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6 thoughts on “Who will regulate UK embryo research?”

  1. Hmm, no editing of comments allowed. Then I can’t fix “provided Brit science” to become “provided by Brit science”. I’m learning to slow my approach to the “submit comment” button, but I haven’t quite got it under control yet :/

    1. Ha, but since your first comment was *also* caught in the spam filter for containing more than two links, I had to rescue it anyway, and added the missing word. =)

  2. Thank you for the coverage, Eva. These are very interesting (and scary) times for stem cell policies. Although the ban in the U.S. is over, it sounds like the debate is far from over (from Eva’s link above):

    “But the reprieve may yet prove to be temporary. The future of government-funded hESC research in the US won’t be fully resolved until a fully fledged court case in which the US government appeals to have the ban on funding of hESC research completely lifted.”

    I wonder if these policy changes will cause some U.K. (and potentially U.S., if the appeals doesn’t go through) stem cell researchers to migrate to other countries to do their work…

  3. Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act is the legislation that enables embryo based research to continue in the UK. The HFEAct is not to be changed. The HFEAuthority is the regulatory body established under the HFEAct that provides the required Licence under the Act for specific research projects. Most of the tasks carried out by the HFEA in relation to oversight of research duplicate the requirements of the Research Ethics Committees (that also need to approve embryo research). The government proposals to bring the regulation under one body should make the regulatory process easier and less expensive.
    The only concern is to ensure that the new system of regulation takes the best of the old system, sheds the worst and is fit for purpose. Otherwise the burden of regulation could increase.


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