Re-defining the human embryo: A legal perspective on the creation of embryos in research

EMBO Reports (2024)
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Abstract

The notion of the human embryo is not immutable. Various scientific and technological breakthroughs in reproductive biology have compelled us to revisit the definition of the human embryo during the past 2 decades. Somatic cell nuclear transfer, oocyte haploidisation and, more recently, human stem cell-derived embryo models have challenged this scientific term, which has both ethical and legal repercussions. Here, we offer a legal perspective to identify a universally accepted definition of ‘embryo’ which could help to ease and unify the regulation of such entities in different countries.

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Jon Rueda
University of the Basque Country
Adrian Villalba
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (PhD)

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