Event Name A Certain Kind of English Embryology?: biological translation and the 14 day rule
Start Date 22nd Nov 2018 5:30pm
End Date 22nd Nov 2018 6:30pm
Duration 1 hour
Description

In November 1983, the 16 members of Britain's influential Warnock Inquiry into Human Fertilisation and Embryology reached a key decision on how to base proposals for comprehensive legislation governing this largely uncharted territory.

Famously, they chose the formation of the primitive streak in the developing early human embryo as the developmental landmark upon which to base the proposal for a 14 day rule.

This came into law in 1990 and has since become the global standard for research in this area.

Based on newly discovered archival material, this lecture re-examines the origins of the 14 day rule as an instance of biological translation, arguing for a more robust sociological account of both translational biology (bio innovation) and national bio-governance. 

All welcome, no registration. The lecture will be followed by a free drinks reception.