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?
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|Professor Ruth Chadwick|
distinguished research professor, Cardiff University; director, Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen)
|Dr Christine Hauskeller|
senior lecturer, ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (Egenis), University of Exeter
head of communications, Wellcome Trust; author, The Geek Manifesto: why science matters
|Dr Anna Krassowska |
research manager, UK Stem Cell Foundation
editor, NovoArgumente; author, Die Steinzeit steckt uns in den Knochen: gesundheit als erbe der evolution
associate fellow, Institute of Ideas
|Tony Gilland associate fellow, Institute of Ideas|