Research on Human Embryos – Do We Need a Reset?
Genetic Literacy Project, September 27 and September 28, 2022
5 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2022
Date Written: September 27, 2022
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.
Funding Information: None.
Conflict of Interests: No conflicts of interest to report.
Keywords: embryo research, 14 day rule
JEL Classification: I12, I14, I18, K32
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