The Relationship Between the Political Process and the Governance of Human Embryo Research in the UK: The Case of Human Admixed (aka Hybrid) Embryos

Gillott, John Mark (2008). The Relationship Between the Political Process and the Governance of Human Embryo Research in the UK: The Case of Human Admixed (aka Hybrid) Embryos. MRes thesis The Open University.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21954/ou.ro.0000f290

Abstract

This dissertation analyses the relationship between the political process and the governance framework for embryo research in the UK with particular reference to and focus on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill 2008 and the case of human admixed (aka hybrid) embryos. Two interrelated aspects are considered: the extent to which the recent political process has re-constructed the framework developed by Warnock and/or brought to the surface changes that occurred in the intervening period; and the use of the existing governance framework developed in the 1980s (The Warnock framework) as a political resource in the recent political and policy debates. A tentative evaluation of the merits of the governance framework as it emerges from the contemporary debates is suggested from the perspective of research and innovation.

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