Developments in biotechnology, nanotechnology, neurotechnology and information technology (to name but a few ‘-ologies’) are difficult enough in themselves in terms of understanding and managing their potential future applications. But when they combine and converge in novel ways, they present even greater challenges.
Monthly archives: February 2015
My hope that the benighted term “three parent baby” might disappear from the public discourse was always a forlorn one. Journalistically, of course, it’s enticing. But as a description of what happens when using the mitochondrial transfer technique it’s not only misleading, but also distracting because it focuses attention on the wrong issue. Ethically speaking what’s more significant is not the contribution of the third “parent”, but the passage of the consequent genetic changes to future generations.
Tomorrow, the House of Commons will debate regulations that would make it possible for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to authorise, on a case by case basis, the use of promising techniques to overcome serious mitochondrial disease. The step that is proposed is measured and modest, but important. (more…)
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