From Laboratory to Clinic: Issues in the Oversight of Innovative Reproductive Technologies

Prof. Andrea Bonnicksen, PhD

Northern Illinois University

Thursday, January 24, 2002 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

William G. Shepard Room, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

How can we develop more systematic oversight of innovative assisted reproductive technologies (ART) as they move from the laboratory to the clinic? This presentation develops the argument that although ART innovation now takes place in a private setting, it is open to procedural reform through ethics advisory boards and other mechanisms. Prof. Bonnicksen used two case studies — the creation of research embryos through cloning by somatic cell nuclear transfer and ooplasmic transplantation to create a child with three genetic parents — to illustrate issues raised by efforts to make private sector innovation more open and systematic.

January 24, 2002