Non-invasive prenatal testing
Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is a technique that can be used to test a fetus for genetic conditions and variations, such as Down’s syndrome. It involves taking a blood sample from the pregnant woman at around 9 or 10 weeks of pregnancy. NIPT is more accurate than some other screening tests, it carries no risk of miscarriage and, in some circumstances, NIPT can provide earlier results than current screening and diagnostic tests.
This report considers, at this early stage of its use, how NIPT could change the way we view pregnancy, disability and difference, and what the wider consequences of its increasing use might be.
Genome editing techniques such as the CRISPR-Cas9 system are transforming many areas of biological research.
The first stage of this project considered the impact of genome editing in research and the range of questions to which this gives rise. The findings of this review have now been published. A new Working Party has been established which will develop practical ethical guidance for the application of genome editing in humans.
There has been increasing demand for invasive cosmetic procedures in the UK, prompting questions about potential risks to users and the lack of regulation and professional standards in this area.
This project will explore ethical issues in cosmetic procedures with a particular focus on the role and responsibilities of health and scientific professionals and others in responding to demand for invasive non-reconstructive procedures that aim to enhance or normalise appearance.
Workshop: time limits on maintaining human embryos in research
The Council held a workshop in December 2016 to consider whether or not there may be persuasive reasons to review the legal time limit for maintaining human embryos in culture.
Workshop: research in global health emergencies
The Council held a workshop in December 2016 to consider the ethical challenges of conducting research and innovation in the context of global health emergencies.
Workshop: ethics of ageing research
The Council held a workshop in November 2016 to consider the ethical, social and policy issues raised by research that seeks to slow or prevent the biological processes of ageing – known as biogerontology.
Non-invasive prenatal testingNon-invasive prenatal testing
Genome editingGenome editing
Cosmetic proceduresCosmetic procedures
Workshop: time limits on maintaining human embryos in researchWorkshop: time limits on maintaining human embryos in research
Workshop: research in global health emergenciesWorkshop: research in global health emergencies
Workshop: ethics of ageing researchWorkshop: ethics of ageing research