Legal Limits and Potential Problems concerning Genetic Issues.

The future of the children
The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Act (1990) gives clinicians a statutory obligation to consider the interests of the future children they help to create using IVF techniques.
potential legal conflict due to confused relationships
Affects on family relationships, and genetic elements in confusion. This could be a cause for legal wrangling on inheritance issues. e.g. genetic mother has acted as nominal grandmother. birth mother is is genetic sibling etc. see also future issues and cloning for some exploration of this issue.
Should genetic predisposition be a genuine plea for reduced punishments?
Question to Dr. Matt Ridley at the Newcastle Convocation Lecture 9/6/2001
Although this has been tried, the legal system has always maintained that a person is responsible for his actions.
It would be a problem in society if we started testing for predisposition to e.g. criminal activity. A predisposition does not mean that someone acts on that predisposition. In fact if we wanted to so this it is possible to eliminate 95% of criminal activity by arresting all people with an Y chromosome.
Why allow experiments up to 14 days old
Up to this point the developing cells are undifferentiated and totipotent (each cell can develop into a full humna being and it is at this stage that the separation of the ball of cells into parts produces monozygotic twins. (a natrually occuring process). At about this age the cells change and a line develops in the blastula which is the beginnins of a spinal chord. At this point parliament decided that human development has replaced simple cell replication.