May 29, 2024

Israel forms national bioethics council

Israel’s new national bioethics council has been stacked with a small, yet dominant, group of lecturers and researcher who tend to favour minimal regulation and the least possible limitation of research,” complain several academics. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the new council will be a statutory body overseeing bioethics, advising the Knesset, representing Israel in international bioethics bodies, and encouraging public comment. The role of the new council is particularly significant in Israel, where researchers are continually pushing the ethical envelope in reproductive technology. One source of the problem is the small number of experts. “There are always the same people on every committee,” say Melli Polishuk-Bloch, the head of the Knesset Education Committee.