Saturday, 22 October 2011

Update on the European Court Ban on Patenting Embryonic Stem Cell Lines

Alas, I haven't had the time or energy yet to carefully read the entire decision of the European Court to ban the patenting on human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines, that I posted about the other day. However, some of my colleagues have indeed made more extensive comments:

Julian Savulescu (Uheiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford). I made some input in the commentary thread there as well.

Kenan Malik (writer, lecturer, broadcaster, a presenter of Analysis, on BBC Radio 4, and a panelist on The Moral Maze, also on Radio 4).

Other commentators so far make more predictable and less reflective responses, such as those of hESC scientists and overt or covert pro-life campaign organisations. To me, these are of less interest since they mainly repeat dogmatic stances that were set in stone decades back.

Hopefully, I'll be back with my own analysis and comments not too soon.