Peering from the Shadows: Stem Cell Research and the Quest for Regulation in Argentina
The pursuit of scientific knowledge is not amoral. It is not neutral. So science has long been contentious and disruptive. While the nature and range of socio-moral questions that are raised by scientific pursuits are diverse and context-specific, its destabilising effects increase when it fails to serve the political interests of entrenched powers [1, 2]. In such cases, science has been muzzled, discredited, or simply outlawed. Consider the Catholic Church’s reaction to Galileo,  or the varied responses by a range of organisations, including government, universities and industry, to environmental science . One might also take notice of the suppression of, and assault on embryonic stem cell research, which has some reproductive medicine applications, by the religious and political right. While this antagonism is particularly visible in the US,  it is not exclusive to the US, and can be seen in various states around the world, including Italy and Germany .
KeywordsRegenerative Medicine Stem Cell Research Assisted Reproduction Science Culture Embryonic Stem Cell Research
This project was funded by the generous support of the Economic and Social Research Council, Responsive Grant No. RES-000-22-2678. The author also acknowledges the support of SCRIPT, the AHRC Centre for Research in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, and Innogen, ESRC Centre for Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics. The author would like to thank Prof. Graeme Laurie and the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on earlier drafts.
The author declares no conflict of interest.
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