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From Warnock to the Stem Cell Bank - Evaluating the UK's Regulatory Measures for Stem Cell Research.

Twine, Richard (2005) From Warnock to the Stem Cell Bank - Evaluating the UK's Regulatory Measures for Stem Cell Research. Journal of International Biotechnology Law, 2 (1). pp. 1-14. ISSN 1612-6068

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The United Kingdom government regards its regulations for stem cell research as some of the most rigorous in the world. This paper chronologically outlines the important stages in the evolution of these regulatory measures over the past twenty years, including the Warnock Report, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, the subsequent series of reports and consultations, and the establishment of the UK stem cell bank. Attending both to the discursive framing of stem cell research and the ethical issues faced, an assessment is made in terms of the appropriateness, adequacy and effectiveness of the UK�s regulatory measures. Although institutional learning is detected in areas such as improving public engagement, the UK regulatory process has been open to the accusation of a scientific community regulating itself. This paper recommends that in order to avoid any possible complacency further improvements in public inclusiveness and interdisciplinary representation on regulatory committees should be sought.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of International Biotechnology Law
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science ; Society ; Stem Cells ; Regulation ; Consultation ; Government.
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 116
Deposited By: Dr Richard Twine
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2006
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2017 09:58
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