Deriving Sperm and Eggs from Human Skin Cells: Facilitating Community Discussion

7 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2009

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Loane Skene

University of Melbourne - Law School

Date Written: December 6, 2009

Abstract

The Hinxton Group, an International Consortium on Stem Cells, Ethics and Law has issued a Consensus Statement, The Science, Ethics and Policy Challenges of Pluripotent Stem-Cell Derived Gametes (2008) to ‘inform public discussion about the state of the science and its potential social implications and to make recommendations about policy and practice’. 1 The language in the Statement is clear but community discussion may be better facilitated by starting from the imagined viewpoint of the listener than from that of scientists explaining what the research involves and where it may lead. The following illustration shows how this might work in discussing this new technology. It suggests a method for scientists with detailed knowledge and specialisation to talk to a wide audience about their research and its implications.

Keywords: stem cells, skin cells. ethics and law

JEL Classification: K00, K13, K49

Suggested Citation

Skene, Loane, Deriving Sperm and Eggs from Human Skin Cells: Facilitating Community Discussion (December 6, 2009). Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, Vol. 25, No. 1, 2008, U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 438, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1519647

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