Research on Human Embryos – Do We Need a Reset?

Genetic Literacy Project, September 27 and September 28, 2022

5 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2022

See all articles by Barbara Pfeffer Billauer

Barbara Pfeffer Billauer

Institute of World Politics; International Program in Bioethics, U. of Porto; Foundation for Law and Science Centers, Inc.

Date Written: September 27, 2022

Abstract

For the last four decades, scientists, world-over, imposed a moratorium on themselves from doing research on embryos over 14 days old. Until recently, that self-imposed restriction was academic- we didn’t have the technology to keep these embryos alive longer. But that’s changed. And now some scientists are clamoring to extend the research window. This article explores the reasons for and against extending the 14 day rule, from a legal and bioethical perspective.

Note:
Funding Information: None.

Conflict of Interests: No conflicts of interest to report.

Keywords: embryo research, 14 day rule

JEL Classification: I12, I14, I18, K32

Suggested Citation

Billauer, Barbara P., Research on Human Embryos – Do We Need a Reset? (September 27, 2022). Genetic Literacy Project, September 27 and September 28, 2022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4273945

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