Drawing the Line: Ethical, Political and Scientific Perspectives on U.S. Embryo Research

Drawing the Line: Ethical, Political and Scientific Perspectives on U.S. Embryo Research

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Research on human embryos is restricted, by nongovernmental guidelines, to the first 14 days of their development in the United States, or to the formation of the primitive streak — an observable, early step in the formation of neural tissue. In 2016, scientists in the U.S. and the U.K. published reports on the first successful attempts to cultivate human embryos in vitro that survived for a full 14 days, stopping research for the first time because of the guideline. Many scientists and ethicists are now questioning the validity of the deadline. Is it an ethically justifiable point to end research? Or is it just a public policy tool to limit research that previously was only hypothetically possible? At this event, scientists, policy scholars and ethicists will present preliminary research on the 14-day limit on human embryo research from scientific, legal and ethical perspectives.

This event is sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences. Funding for this program was generously provided by a grant from The Greenwall Foundation.

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When?

Wed, May. 23 - Thu, May. 24, 2018
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

Where?

James A. Baker III Hall
Rice University's Baker Institute – 6100 Main St
Houston, TX 77005

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