14 January 2012

Little Known Family Law Facts #1

The recent non-crisis about the validity of same-sex marriage involved basic legal concepts in international law and the law on domestic relations that could have been uncovered with a little bit of effort on the part of whomever chose to ignite the non-firestorm. Herewith, then, the founding of an irregular series about actually little know actual facts in family law.

The federal Assisted Human Reproduction Act regulates artificial reproduction but also makes it illegal to create, or pay someone to create, a chimera or transplant a chimera into a human or non-human life form. Creepy but true.

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  1. Mr. Boyd! You are igniting a non-firestorm by linking the definition of "chimera" to the Wiki article on the mythological creature and not the genetic term that refers to "an embryo into which a cell of any non-human life form has been introduced; or an embryo that consists of cells of more than one embryo, foetus or human being."

    Tsk, tsk!

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    1. Such was my poor attempt at humour. You are, however, absolutely right in your definition, and the meaning of the genetic term is no less creepy.

      Here's the definition of chimera, from s. 3 of the AHRA:

      "chimera" means

      (a) an embryo into which a cell of any non-human life form has been introduced; or

      (b) an embryo that consists of cells of more than one embryo, foetus or human being.

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