UW Research

FAQs: Appendix A


Why do I have to justify the number of human embryos or oocytes I may use for my research proposal?
We ask for justification because we recognize that scientists are the legitimate stewards of these resources and the public trust depends on demonstrating judicious use of human oocytes, embryonic, or fetal tissues.

Why am I asked to provide rationale for using certain genotypes?
Such justification helps ensure that vulnerable populations are not enlisted for research without scientific justification and without the promise that these populations will benefit from research in the future. Please specify how you plan to assure the confidentiality and anonymity of donors.