September 01, 2016

The Regulation of Gene Editing in the United Kingdom

The British love to regulate. We have a long history of developing novel regulations governing numerous areas of society, from finance and food to technology and transport. Health care in particular has kept statutory draftsmen busy for many decades, and the United Kingdom has not shrunk from regulating novel (and sometimes controversial) therapies and technologies. It was one of the first jurisdictions in the world to develop a comprehensive framework for the regulation of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo research, and U.K. law addresses human cloning, preimplantation genetics, stem cell research, and gene therapy—among many other areas.

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