REB oversight of Embryonic Stem Cell Research in Ireland

“Most REBs require separate scientific review of proposed research, and while attentive to scientific merit, leave the evaluation to scientific review committees and discipline-specific peer review committees. In this case, in the absence of national policies or legislation regarding what is a very emotional and heated topic of debate, having the REB evaluate scientific merit could be seen as forcing the Board to act as gatekeepers, deciding what is either acceptable or not in terms of embryonic stem cell research …” (more)

[Nancy Walton, The Research Ethics Blog, 7 November]

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