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After the Tyranny of the Embryo?

Gillott, J

BioNews: News website


In her commentary in BioNews 707, Professor Alison Murdoch highlighted what she described as cultural problems affecting fertility treatment in the UK:

'The culture of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is now one based on self-aggrandisement and self-preservation. But cultural problems with fertility treatment in England and Wales do not stop there and other stakeholders must also be called to account. The Department of Health and commissioners maintain the cultural view that infertility is not part of the routine NHS agenda'.

These problems, she fears, will be harder to tackle following the Government's decision not to abolish the HFEA. In this commentary I consider some related cultural and governmental issues for embryo research.