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Introduction

Montgomery, JR; (2017) Introduction. In: Human Embryo Culture: Discussions concerning the statutory time limit for maintaining human embryos in culture in the light of some recent scientific developments. (pp. pp. 3-11). Nuffield Council on Bioethics: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This introduction explains three jurisdictional functions of the '14 day rule' in the regulation of embryo research in the UK; constraining the powers of the licensing authority, reserving any reform to Parliament, and defining the scope of the public policy debate. It explains the indirect connection between moral arguments and the legal regulatory tools. It sets out the structure that a reform proposal would need to take; specifying anticipated benefits and new jurisdictional devices. It identifies to arguments that would involve reopening previously settled issues rather than contributing the debate about the implications of new scientific possibilities (i.e. conferring full human rights on the human embryo and denying the need for special regulation of human embryo research).

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Introduction
Event: Workshop: time limits on maintaining human embryos in research
Location: London
Dates: 16 December 2016 - 16 December 2016
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://nuffieldbioethics.org/project/workshop-time...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Bioethics Governance, Human Embryo Research
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1569257
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