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Genome editing and human reproduction: The Nuffield Council on Bioethics' report
23 July 2018 - by Dr Peter Mills
Judging from the coverage of the latest Nuffield Council on Bioethics report, 'Genome Editing and Human Reproduction: Social and ethical issues', the subject of altering genetic inheritance in humans has become no less incandescent in recent years... [Read More]
If you could alter the characteristics of future generations, would you do it?
22 May 2017 - by Dr Peter Mills
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics is seeking views on the reproductive uses of genome editing in humans. Regular readers of BioNews will know that genome editing (including with the CRISPR-Cas9 technique) offers a way of making precisely targeted modifications to DNA in living cells, harnessing the cells’ inbuilt repair mechanisms to repair a deliberate, double-stranded DNA break in a way that may either disable or introduce a functional DNA sequence... [Read More]
Mitochondrial replacement techniques: US-style
15 February 2016 - by Dr Peter Mills
The US NAS has published a report on the ethical, social and policy considerations relating to mitochondrial replacement techniques. The recommendation that has inevitably attracted most attention, however, is that only male embryos should be transferred, an approach that was considered but rejected in the UK... [Read More]
Biotechnology, choice and the public good
7 January 2013 - by Dr Peter Mills
How valuable are emerging biotechnologies? Of all the questions about the prospects of the life sciences, this is the one that UK policy makers seem most eager to answer... [Read More]