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Social and ethical issues in mitochondrial donation

Dimond, Rebecca ORCID: 2015. Social and ethical issues in mitochondrial donation. British Medical Bulletin 115 (1) , pp. 173-182. 10.1093/bmb/ldv037

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Introduction or background: The UK is at the forefront of mitochondrial science and is currently the only country in the world to legalize germ-line technologies involving mitochondrial donation. However, concerns have been raised about genetic modification and the ‘slippery slope’ to designer babies. Sources of data: This review uses academic articles, newspaper reports and public documents. Areas of agreement: Mitochondrial donation offers women with mitochondrial disease an opportunity to have healthy, genetically related children. Areas of controversy: Key areas of disagreement include safety, the creation of three-parent babies, impact on identity, implications for society, definitions of genetic modification and reproductive choice. Growing points: The UK government legalized the techniques in March 2015. Scientific and medical communities across the world followed the developments with interest. Areas timely for developing research: It is expected that the first cohort of ‘three parent’ babies will be born in the UK in 2016. Their health and progress will be closely monitored.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0007-1420
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 27 July 2015
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 15:57

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