Why we should not extend the 14-day rule
Blackshaw, B.P. and Rodger, D. (2021). Why we should not extend the 14-day rule. Journal of Medical Ethics.
|Authors||Blackshaw, B.P. and Rodger, D.|
The 14-day rule restricts the culturing of human embryos in vitro for the purposes of scientific research for no longer than 14 days. Since researchers recently developed the capability to exceed the 14-day limit, pressure to modify the rule has started to build. Sophia McCully argues that the limit should be extended to 28 days, listing numerous potential benefits of doing so. We contend that McCully has not engaged with the main reasons why the Warnock Committee set such a limit, and these still remain valid. As a result, her case for an extension of the 14-day rule is not persuasive.
|Keywords||Embryo; Research; Biology; Embryology; Fertilisation; Ethics|
|Journal||Journal of Medical Ethics|
|Publisher||BMJ Publishing Group|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||26 Apr 2021|
|Deposited||11 May 2021|
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