MONTREAL, February 11, 2002 (LSN.ca) – Dr. Roger Gosden a highly controversial new reproductive technology scientist, recently left McGill University to work for a Virginia company specializing in the field. While the official line of the university and of Gosden himself is that he was offered a golden opportunity in the US post, observers aware of Gosden's past are sceptical.
Gosden came to McGill from Leeds University in Britain after his research was made illegal under Britain's Criminal Justice Act. Gosden was working towards the use of the ova of aborted baby girls for fertility treatments. British MP Dame Jill Knight, who was instrumental in criminalizing Gosden's research, commented that it was “the stuff of nightmares,” and noted that children born of his intended procedures would be told that they had come “from a dead mother, a mother … that was never actually born at all.”
Interestingly, news of Gosden's departure for the U.S. came at the end of January, only weeks after the Quebec government announced a ban on all destructive research involving human embryos. David Cliche, Quebec's Minister of State for Science and Technology, unveiled new guidelines on ethical research in which the creation and use of stem cells extracted from human embryos (resulting in the death of the embryos) was “forbidden.” The guidelines also forbid all human cloning. Gosden has left for the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, the first firm to admit to creating human beings explicitly for experimentation – experimentation that will lead to the deaths of those human beings.
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