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Glossary

Eugenics

The science of changing a population, through the application of genetics, to increase the occurrence of chosen desirable heritable characteristics.



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We need progress in French ART law

19 February 2018 - by Catherine Rongieres

The first law on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) was passed in France in 1994 as part of the so-called 'bioethics legislation', which followed other European countries' legislation, such as the UK's 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology act. France's law which placed much tighter constraints on individuals access to ARTs than the UK... [Read More]

Book Review: Selective Reproduction in the 21st Century

29 January 2018 - by Jamie Rickman

In 2012, social scientists representing 20 different countries and all five continents gathered to discuss the 'routinisation' and globalisation of selective reproductive technologies in Copenhagen, Denmark... [Read More]

The reflex DNA method is an improvement on current antenatal screening in the UK

27 November 2017 - by Jonathan Bestwick

Antenatal screening for Down's, Edwards' and Patau's syndromes with the reflex DNA method was shown in our recent study to have higher screening performance compared with the combined test alone, and compared with the proposed recall DNA method... [Read More]

Podcast Review: The Life Scientific - Jennifer Doudna

25 September 2017 - by Rikita Patel

The new era of gene technology presents an exciting approach to treat deleterious, inherited genetic conditions. Presenter Jim Al-Khalili talks to Professor Jennifer Doudna, from her early life to her research into molecular biology, to the development of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system... [Read More]

Podcast Review: Editing the Embryo - removing harmful gene mutations

04 September 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor

As a scientist working in a fertility clinic, my normal everyday work routine is occasionally punctuated by the ripple effect that occurs when reports of a new groundbreaking reproductive technology enters the public consciousness. I am soon inundated with questions... [Read More]

We need to talk about... CRISPR

21 August 2017 - by Giulia Cavaliere

Picture this - it's the last day in the office before the summer holidays, you're looking forward to some sunshine and warmth, email auto-response set, and all ready to go. Then, all of a sudden: the news... [Read More]

International genetics groups advocate germline CRISPR research

07 August 2017 - by Dr Greg Ball

Research into human germline genome editing should continue, recommends an international group of 11 human genetics organisations... [Read More]

Event Review: Exploring the sociology of mitochondrial donation

12 June 2017 - by Dr Cathy Herbrand and Dr Rebecca Dimond

The UK's first symposium to discuss the sociology of mitochondrial disorders and novel reproductive technologies took place on 5 May 2017 in London. The event aimed to develop sociological thought around mitochondrial donation, based on invited contributions from social scientists who have conducted empirical research... [Read More]

Podcast Review: Ethics and Genetics – Opening the Book of Life

14 November 2016 - by Rachel Siden

This podcast from the Guardian's Science Weekly series is a good introduction to the ethical questions surrounding genetic technologies... [Read More]

The Mexican mitochondrial fiasco

28 September 2016 - by César Palacios González

Dr John Zhang's team have opened a new door in terms of reproductive possibilities, but they may very well be instrumental in closing the assisted reproductive door for many people in Mexico... [Read More]

Book Review: The Gene – An Intimate History

12 September 2016 - by Sarah Gregory

'The Gene: An Intimate History' is the latest book from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee. Taking a similar approach to his previous work 'The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer', Mukherjee interweaves his personal history with a comprehensive and extensive review of the history of genetic research... [Read More]

Event Review: Gene editing – exploring the Canadian context

12 September 2016 - by Professor Vardit Ravitsky, Professor Bartha Knoppers, Professor Timothy Caulfield, Professor Rosario Isasi, Erika Kleiderman, and Professor Michael Rudnicki

Gene editing, in particular CRISPR/Cas9 technology, is sweeping the scientific world and has been receiving ample attention from policymakers worldwide. Policy statements and academic papers regarding responsible ways of moving forward with gene editing have already been published... [Read More]

Video Review: What If My Neighbour's Kid Was Genetically Modified?

04 July 2016 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith

Paul Knoepfler's TEDx talk covers familiar ground – designer babies, segregation between 'natural' and GM children, unintended side effects, playing god, and eugenics all feature in his dystopian vision of a future involving genetically modified humans... [Read More]

Radio Review: Dangerous Visions - Brave New World

06 June 2016 - by Susan Tranfield

The latest episode in Radio 4's Dangerous Visions series is a new adaptation of Aldhous Huxley's iconic dystopian novel, set just 100 years in the future... [Read More]

Video Review: Talking Biopolitics – A conversation with Paul Knoepfler and Nathaniel Comfort

01 February 2016 - by Dr Rebecca Dimond

An author and a science historian host an online discussion on the promise and perils of the 'science of designer babies'... [Read More]

UK researchers seek HFEA permission to edit human embryo

18 January 2016 - by Julianna Photopoulos

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is considering a proposal from scientists to genetically edit human embryos... [Read More]

Why the UK should be leading the discussion on embryo engineering

11 January 2016 - by Sarah Pritchard

Sir Mark Walport, the UK's Chief Scientific Adviser, gave the keynote address at the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference, where he highlighted the complexity of assessing emerging science and technology, particularly in relation to genome editing... [Read More]

Genome editing and CRISPR: what Washington needs to know

30 November 2015 - by Dr Silvia Camporesi and Dr Lara Marks

It is important to engage the public in the debate about genome editing as early as possible, and in a way that is as open as possible, to make sure that all possible voices are included... [Read More]

UNESCO's statement on CRISPR/Cas9 highlights the need for public engagement

12 October 2015 - by Dr Silvia Camporesi and Dr Lara Marks

The UNESCO International Bioethics Committee has released a statement reaffirming an earlier moratorium called by a group of US scientists on the use of CRISPR/Cas9 in human embryos. We argue that the current framing of the debate in terms of dystopic or imagined futures is too narrow and constrains the boundaries of the debate to germline applications... [Read More]

US scientists to write CRISPR 'rulebook'

26 May 2015 - by Ceri Durham

Scientists will gather in the USA later this year to produce ethical guidelines on the use of human gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9.... [Read More]

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