Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Leave UK hybrid embryo decisions to experts

Leave UK hybrid embryo decisions to experts, panel says August 1, 2007

Experts, not government ministers, should decide what kind of hybrid animal-human embryo experiments to allow in Britain, a parliamentary panel said in a report issued on Wednesday.

Parliamentarian Phil Willis, who led the committee, said the government should leave the decision to regulators with the expertise to weigh potential scientific benefits.

"On the question of research using inter-species embryos, the committee is quite clear that it wishes to see a greater role for the regulator within a broad permissive framework set out by Parliament," Willis told a news conference before the release of the report. ..........

What do you think? Is it good or bad to keep politicians out of scientific decisions? .........


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