Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
The Human Embryo Research Debates: Bioethics in the Vortex of Controversy, by Ronald M. Green, is the story of the Human Embryo Research Panel (HERP), a blue-ribbon panel convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1994 to recommend ethical guidelines for all future federally funded research on human embryos. Much of the book relays the political background that led President Clinton largely to ignore the panel's recommendations. Green's sense of betrayal and, perhaps, political naivete is demonstrated when he writes, "Abruptly overruling our recommendations without prior warning sent the message that a policy panel was, at best, an ornament that could be used or discarded as political needs demanded."
Embryo ResearchThe Human Embryo Research Debates: Bioethics in the Vortex of Controversy. JAMA. 2002;287(13):1731-1732. doi:10.1001/jama.287.13.1731-JBK0403-3-1