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The New Consensus: How Scientists and Government Created New Embryo Legislation in the United Kingdom

Read the news article about Stephen Minger's address at the Baker Institute.

During the past three years, U.K. scientists fought a successful battle to allow for the creation of animal-human hybrid embryos to generate cloned human embryonic stem cell lines. The U.K. scientific community together then, with patient organizations, disease-specific charities, major funding bodies and research organizations, worked intensely with the government and the U.K. Department of Health to enact groundbreaking legislation that led to the successful passage of the new Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act of 2008. Minger will outline the major factors which led to this unique partnership, describe some of the key events which transpired during the debate in Parliament, and highlight some of the remaining contentious issues which loom on the regulatory horizon. 

Support for this program has been generously provided by the State of Qatar and the emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, through the State of Qatar Endowment for International Stem Cell Policy.

Speaker Kirstin Matthews

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Fri, Feb. 6, 2009
8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago


Rice University, Baker Hall