South Korea has just tightened their laws and regulation around cloning research.
“Cross-species cloning, in which DNA from human somatic cells is inserted into animal eggs, will now be punishable by up to three years in prison, the health ministry said.”
The South Korean scandal caused by Hwang Woo-Suk in 2006 has created a climate in South Korea that is rightfully cautious of exploiting women for their eggs, of doing ethical research and not “fabricating” scientific results.
“Hwang has been banned from any research using human eggs after his claims that he created the first human stem cells through cloning were ruled in 2006 to be bogus.
He is on trial for fraud, embezzlement, ethical breaches and other charges but has insisted he can prove he created the first cloned human stem cells.”
Critics of course are suggesting that these tighter laws will “impede” research. Yawn, Yawn! When will they learn that scientific research flourishes under good ethical standards and oversight.
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.