Regulation of science

The regulation of science refers to use of law, or other ruling, by academic or governmental bodies to allow or restrict science from performing certain practices, or researching certain scientific areas. It is a bioethical issue related to other practices such as abortion and euthanasia; and areas of research such as stem-cell research and cloning synthetic biology.

Science could be regulated by legislation if seen as harmful (such as euthanasia), immoral (such as abortion), or dangerous. For these reasons it is closely related to religion, culture and society.

United States of America

Law Jurisdiction Purpose Status Effective Dates
Dickey-Wicker Amendment Federal Law Prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from using appropriated funds for the creation of human embryos for research purposes or for research in which human embryos are destroyed.[1] In Effect 1996 - Present
Butler Act State Law A Tennessee law prohibiting public school teachers from denying the Biblical account of man's origin. Repealed 1925 - 1967

See also


  1. "Dickey-Wicker Amendment, 1996". The Embryo Project Encyclopedia. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
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