… and so is stem cell research. Those who know me (and/or read this blog) will know I’d be pleased.
Before the Patterson Bill was passed, I was going to post about how I wonder if the change in Labor leadership will mean anything for science. It may not mean much in terms of votes, but it does give Julia Gillard a bit more attention when she makes her statements as Labor’s health spokesperson:
They are saying surplus eggs from IVF processes and I think that is the best place to start. Obviously there may be future issues about donation but I don’t believe we are there yet and we should see if the supply of surplus eggs from IVF processes is sufficient.
I agree with this. Avoiding egg donation directly from women is definitely to be avoided: Woo-Suk Hwang has taught us that. All the ethics committees in the world can’t stop subtly coercion of junior, female staff. It’s a sad inevitability of humanity. And the risks of egg donation mean that they should only be given freely.
So yes, I’m pleased. In August, I posted about three areas where I think Australia is lagging behind the rest of the developed world. Two out of three of those areas have improved tremendously. Now all we need is a better strategy to slow climate change and we’ll be set. Well, not quite, but we’re on the right track.