Academics from different disciplines come Head to Head in this series to tackle topical debates.
Altering the genomes of embryonic cells is illegal in Australia.
A landmark study in the UK discovered the gene that allows cells to form into embryos. If Australian researchers attempted this they could go to jail for 15 years.
There’s still a way to go from editing single-cell embryos to a full-term ‘designer baby.’
The news may have come as a surprise, but it probably shouldn't have. A bioethics expert walks through how big a deal this announcement is – and what we should be considering now.
Should the government pay to bring new babies into the world who otherwise wouldn’t have existed?
Government support for infertility treatment is approximately A$240 million a year. The question of whether it's worth it is a complex one.
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As we consider the ethics of human gene editing, we need to understand what can and can't be meaningfully edited.
What the world is waiting for?
Since science made it possible to research manipulating the cells that are linked to reproduction, the naysayers have carried the day. But how solid are their objections really?
How long before we start designing our future athletes from scratch – before they are even born?
A breakthrough in genetic of the human embryo raises the question of whether we want to create designer babies with greater athletic abilities.
The genetic modification of humans make many people feel very uncomfortable.
The first case of genetically engineering a human embryo to cure a congenital disease is a technical breakthrough but raises troubling ethical questions.
Three-parent IVF is about allowing women who carry genetic diseases in their mitochondria to avoid passing them on to their children.
Far from creating designer babies, three-parent IVF is about allowing women who carry genetic diseases in their mitochondria to avoid passing them on to their children. The process involves replacing the…
Mitochondrial genes are inherited from our mothers’ eggs and passed on through her daughters to subsequent generations.
The UK government has announced its intention to draft proposals allowing carriers of mitochondrial disease to have babies using a controversial IVF treatment that’s currently prohibited. The procedure…