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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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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]

Gene editing of human embryos – more ethical questions to answer

11 May 2015 - by Dr Calum MacKellar

The short article by Robin Lovell-Badge entitled 'Editing human embryos' addressing the work of Junjiu Huang and colleagues in China on gene editing in human embryos - such as the use of the CRISPR/Cas9 system - raises a number of ethical questions.... [Read More]

Book Review: From Bench to Bedside, to Track and Field

27 April 2015 - by Dr Ross Cloney

The image of eugenics often portrayed in the media is reminiscent of the horrors of the early to middle 20th century. Legions of identical blond-haired, blue-eyed ubermenschen, backed by an authoritarian state with no room for diversity or difference. In 'From Bench to Bedside, to Track and Field: the context of enhancement and its ethical relevance', Silvia Camporesi demolishes that image... [Read More]

Radio Review: Out of the Ordinary - Desperately Seeking Sperm

26 January 2015 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith

The world of unregulated sperm donation is revealed as an underground market of desperation, exploitation and remarkable characters.

Commercialisation and the moral obligation to create 'designer' babies

08 December 2014 - by Professor John Galloway

Although the word was not actually used (or at least I did not hear it), this was a polemic making the case for 'eugenics'... [Read More]

Book Review: Humanity Enhanced - Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies

06 October 2014 - by James Storm

Russell Blackford's venture into heated human enhancement rhetoric feels very much like being plunged into the world of Andrew Niccol's 1997 film, Gattaca... [Read More]

Radio Review: Mum and Dad and Mum

22 September 2014 - by Dr Cathy Herbrand

Following a backbench debate in the House of Commons on mitochondrial donation on 1 September, BBC Radio 4 explored some of the issues raised by these high profile techniques aimed at preventing the transmission of mitochondrial disorders... [Read More]

Book Review: The Science of Human Perfection - How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine

01 September 2014 - by James Storm

Surrounding yourself with books and journal articles on human enhancement will see you encounter the word 'eugenics' on a regular basis. The unfortunate thing about this word is that it has become bound to a particularly nasty piece of world history - and for many people this association is a reason to wince, whilst rejecting whichever idea or theory it is trying to re-associate itself with today.... [Read More]

Government is misleading public about mitochondrial donation, claim scientists

04 August 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

The UK Government has been accused of deliberately misleading the public in order to win approval over its plans to implement mitochondrial replacement techniques in IVF... [Read More]

UK Government plans to legalise mitochondrial replacement for IVF

28 July 2014 - by Dr Rachel Brown

The UK Government has announced that regulations around the use of mitochondrial replacement techniques will be presented to Parliament in the next few months... [Read More]

Event Review: The Ethics of Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy

21 July 2014 - by Professor Vardit Ravitsky, Dr John Appleby, Professor Stephen Wilkinson, Dr Anthony Wrigley and Dr Annelien Bredenoord

Ethical dimensions of the emerging technology of mitochondrial replacement were the focus of a symposium that took place on 25 June at the 12th World Congress of Bioethics in Mexico City.... [Read More]

Event Review: The Physiological Society's 2014 annual public lecture

07 July 2014 - by Dr Molly Godfrey

A doctor by training and a researcher at the forefront of fertility studies, Professor Lord Robert Winston, pioneer in the field of IVF and PGD, discusses the implications of new techniques for genetically modifying embryos in the Physiological Society's 2014 annual public lecture... [Read More]

Mitochondrial replacement likely to be safe but more research needed, says report

09 June 2014 - by Alice Plein

Two experimental IVF techniques that could prevent certain types of incurable genetic disease are 'not unsafe', a report from the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has found.... [Read More]

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