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The battle over ethics and regulation

Are we getting the balance right and maintaining public confidence to allow scientists their ‘licence to practice’?

The UK prides itself on striking the right balance between regulating new science to reassure the public it is safe, ethical and beneficial – especially in the fields of genetics and embryology – and encouraging new research and scientific endeavour. But the Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill has generated a number of concerns and raised difficult questions about the relationship between the law and the rapid pace of scientific advance. Are we getting the balance right and maintaining public confidence to allow scientists their ‘licence to practice’? Is there a danger of pandering to unspecified fears and generating unnecessary distrust of genetic science? How can the law expect to keep pace with rapidly evolving science? Is there a case to be made for a more liberal legal framework and less regulation?

Visit www.battleofideas.org.uk for more information


Ruth Chadwick | talks | www
Dr Christine Hauskeller | talks | www
Mr Mark Henderson | talks | www
Professor Stephen Minger | talks | www
Mr Tony Gilland | talks | www


Date and Time:

26 October 2007 at 2:30 pm


2 hours



One Great George Street
One Great George Street
+44 (0) 20 7665 2323
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