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The Lockhart Review: Where now for Australia?

Cooper, Donna M. (2006) The Lockhart Review: Where now for Australia? Journal of Law and Medicine, 14(1), pp. 27-44.

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Abstract

In 2005 a Legislation Review Committee, known as the Lockhart Review, undertook a review of the Commonwealth legislation regulating human embryo research. The report that emanated from the review was released in December 2005. If the report recommendations are implemented by the Federal Government, Australian scientists will be permitted to create human embryo entities currently known as "human embryo clones" by the process known as somatic cell nuclear transfer to develop stem cell lines for research purposes. Many argue that stem cells have the potential to be developed into valuable medical therapies that could assist with, or cure, serious diseases such as Type 1 diabetes and Parkinson's disease. This article analyses the evidence presented to the Lockhart Review and the report recommendations. It assesses where the Lockhart recommendations would place Australia in terms of worldwide embryo research. It is argued that the Federal Government should fully embrace the recommendations so that Australia can progress stem cell research to its fullest potential.

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ID Code: 4947
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: stem cells, SCNT, therapeutic cloning, somatic cell nuclear transfer, Lockhart Review, legal regulation
ISSN: 1320-159X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law not elsewhere classified (180199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Thomson Legal and Regulatory
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 28 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:20

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