Scientists Want to Abolish Rule Against Experiments on Unborn

A leading stem cell research organization has called for scientists to lift a long-held ethical rule against growing and experimenting on embryonic human beings beyond 14 days of gestation.

The Illinois-based International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) made the suggestion in a new set of guidelines published this year for consideration by governments, research facilities, and universities.

The last time the ISSCR published such a set of guidelines, in 2016, their recommendations were widely adopted and shared uncritically by science-related U.S. governmental bodies such as the National Institute of Health.

In the U.S., “regulatory bodies at universities and other institutions universally adhere to the 14-day rule,” NPR reported Wednesday:

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