Christine Grady


This article examines the limitations of laws and regulations in regulating biomedical research. While laws and regulations can serve as guardrails to limit certain research studies, they are often blunt instruments that struggle to keep up with the rapid pace of scientific progress. Moreover, laws in one jurisdiction may not be binding on others, making it difficult to regulate the global scientific community. The article argues that regulatory parsimony should be exercised, imposing regulations only where they work and not where they are unhelpful. The article also explores the ethical considerations surrounding biomedical research and its impact on society, including whether there should be certain areas of study or topics that are off-limits. Ultimately, this law review seeks to provide a comprehensive analysis of the challenges facing regulators in balancing the benefits and harms of progress in biomedical research while protecting human subjects. [AI generated abstract]