Baroness Onora O’Neill gave the Council's Annual Lecture at the Royal Society of Arts on Thursday 19th May 2011.
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The discussion paper Stem cell therapy: the ethical issues was published in April 2000. Since then, many countries have announced new legislation concerning the use of stem cells and therapeutic cloning.
Under the 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Act research on embryos is permissible "to increase knowledge about the causes of congenital disease".read more »
We do not consider that concerns about inappropriate incentives resulting from a potential benefit deriving from the establishment of an EG (embryonic germ) cell line are so great that the donation of fetal tissue for such purposes should be prohibited.read more »
There is an urgent need for externally sponsored research in developing countries. However, rigorous ethical safeguards must be in place to prevent the exploitation of those who take part in the research.read more »
For research to be ethically acceptable, participants should be given the relevant information in a comprehensible manner, and must take part voluntarily. However, differences in social and cultural contexts in developing countries mean that some procedures may be ineffective or inappropriate. The way in which information on the potential risks and benefits of research is provided is particularly important.read more »