A Proposal for Modernizing the Regulation of Human Biotechnologies

Furger, Franco; Fukuyama, Francis
July 2007
Hastings Center Report;Jul/Aug2007, Vol. 37 Issue 4, p16
Academic Journal
The article discusses a proposal for modernizing the regulation of human biotechnologies in the U.S. According to the authors, some lines of basic medical research could change the biological foundations of human reproduction. A new regulatory architecture is required which must be flexible and dynamic yet rooted in widely acceptable ethical principles. A proposal is made up of a set of ethical guiding principles, a set of prohibited and regulated activities, and a new regulatory institution. An important reason for ignoring the failure to look beyond the special interests is that there appeared to be no practicable way to correct the problem.


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