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Lisa Jardine is the right woman for the HFEA. Pfizer fails to rewrite the rules of science. And sentimentality has deprived Nasa of a highly capable head of science

By Philip Ball   May 2008

Can Lisa Jardine save embryology?

Historian Lisa Jardine, the new head of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), begins her role ahead of the impending Commons vote on the human fertilisation and embryology bill. The bill crystallises several moral dilemmas about research and practice in these areas, and threatens to intensify the polarisation they induce. Whatever position Jardine takes is sure to upset some vocal group or other.

This is why the appointment of someone used to taking the long view, and accustomed to the hard knocks of public life, probably makes sense. Certainly, Jardine’s popularising instincts seem…

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