The Lockhart Report and the ethics of the creation and destruction of preimplantation embryos for medical research

Cooper, Donna M. (2006) The Lockhart Report and the ethics of the creation and destruction of preimplantation embryos for medical research. Monash Bioethics Review, 25(2), pp. 9-24.


On 19 December 2005 the recommendations of the Lockhart Review were released. One of the key recommendations was that current laws be amended to permit the creation of embryonic stem cells by somatic cell nuclear transfer. The Lockhart Report analysed the ethical arguments for and against the creation of embryos by nuclear transfer. It rationalised that, although there were various objections to such technology from some sections of Australian society, the good that this science has the potential to produce in the form of stem cell therapies to assist with or cure disease should prevail. This article will critically analyse the ethical arguments presented to the Lockhart Review and assess how the Review Committee resolved the debate as to the ethical status of a preimplantation embryo. It will be contended that the recommendations for reform should be fully implemented by the Federal Government, to enable scientists to have full access to both embryonic and adult stem cells, including custom-made stem cell lines created through the SCNT process, to allow medical research to progress to its fullest potential.

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ID Code: 5082
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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Keywords: stem cell, stem cells, Lockhart Review, therapeutic cloning, legal regulation, embryonic stem cells, Donna Cooper, SCNT, somatic cell nuclear transfer
ISSN: 1321-2753
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Donna M. Cooper
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 28 Sep 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:18

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