IntroductionChristine Knight and Malcolm Smith examine implications of The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.
The ESRC Genomics Forum’s Senior Policy Research Fellow, Dr Christine Knight, and Visiting Research Fellow, Dr Malcolm Smith have seen their collaborative research work bear fruit, with the publication of a special issue of New Genetics and Society focusing on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.
In 2011, the Genomics Forum organised a multidisciplinary workshop that examined the legal, political, and social issues resulting from the 2008 Act. The workshop was a culmination of work undertaken jointly by Dr Knight and Dr Smith – who is based at Queensland University of Technology, but was visiting the Genomics Forum as one of its Bright Ideas fellows.
Following the workshop, it became clear that there would be considerable benefit in exploring issues and outcomes associated with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act in further detail and in a more formal academic context. This ultimately lead to the the production of the special issue of New Genetics and Society.
Speaking about the publication of the special issue, Christine Knight said:
“From the work Malcolm Smith and myself undertook, it became apparent that there would be considerable benefit and interest in undertaking a multidisciplinary examination of the issues and outcomes resulting from the consultation, legislative process and enactment of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.
“Following the hosting by the Genomics Forum of a multidisciplinary workshop in 2011, the participants and organisers noted that although the literature existing at that time included a range of individual articles addressing specific areas of the 2008 Act, there was no collection (either as a journal special issue, or an edited book) that considered the legislation as a whole. This special issue of New Genetics and Society fills that gap.”
The special issue of the journal can be accessed online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cngs20/32/2#.UadssmfDlBm