Friday, October 14, 2011
Nuffield on Bodily Donation
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has posted a new report on donation of human bodies and body parts for medicine and research. It covers a wide range of topics: live and cadaveric organ donation for transplant, gamete donation for reproduction, use of healthy volunteers in first-in-human trials, blood and cord blood, tissue donation, and more. It's a huge and far-reaching report, and I haven't had time to read it deeply, yet, but it appears that the most controversial of its recommendations is to create a pilot program under which women would be paid for donating eggs for research.