[Paleopsych] BH: UK Government Committee Endorses Sex Selection

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UK Government Committee Endorses Sex Selection

Also encourages regulation rather than prohibition of human-animal chimeras

    Betterhumans Staff
    3/24/2005 11:22 AM

    A UK government committee has endorsed sex selection in a
    controversial new report.

    The report, by the [8]Commons Science and Technology Committee, says
    that doctors and patients should make more fertility treatment

    It says there are no strong reasons to prohibit couples undergoing IVF
    from choosing a child's sex for balancing gender in their family.

    The report also encourages regulation rather than prohibition of
    contentious research involving such things as implanting human cells
    into animals.

    Calling for disbandment of the UK's [9]Human Fertilisation and
    Embryology Authority (HFEA), which regulates such things as human
    cloning research, the report says that patients and doctors should
    make reproductive decisions under the guidance of a local ethics

    If the report's recommendations are followed, the HFEA would no longer
    make decisions over such things as checking embryos for genetic

    In place of the HFEA, the report calls for the creation of the
    Regulatory Agency for Fertility and Tissues that would ensure clinics
    and laboratories met standards.

    Five MPs on the Committee didn't back the report, calling in


    8. http://www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/science_and_technology_committee.cfm
    9. http://www.hfea.gov.uk/

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