Adapting the 14-day rule for embryo research to encompass evolving technologies


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Authors
Williams, Kate 
Johnson, Martin H 
Abstract

We consider the scientific evidence that research on in-vitro development of embryos beyond 14 days is necessary. We then examine potential new developments in the use of stem cells to make embryoids or synthetic human entities with embryo-like features, and consider whether they also require legal control. Next, we consider the arguments advanced against extending the 14-day period during which research on human embryos is currently permitted, and find none of them to be convincing. We end by proposing a new objective limit that could serve as a mechanism for regulating the use of embryos for research in vitro.

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14-day rule, HFE Act, Warnock, embryonic stem cells, ethics, in-vitro embryo development
Journal Title
Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online
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Journal ISSN
2405-6618
2405-6618
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Publisher
Elsevier BV
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All rights reserved
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Wellcome Trust (100606/Z/12/Z)
We acknowledge support from the Wellcome Trust (Grant 100606).