Legalising Mitochondrial Donation: Enacting Ethical Futures in UK Biomedical Politics

Legalising Mitochondrial Donation: Enacting Ethical Futures in UK Biomedical Politics

by Rebecca Dimond, Neil Stephens

Hardcover(1st ed. 2018)

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In 2015 the UK became the first country in the world to legalise mihondrial donation, a controversial germ line reproductive technology to prevent the transmission of mihondrial disease. Dimond and Stephens track the intense period of scientific and ethical review, public consultation and parliamentary debates preceeding the decision. They draw on stakeholder accounts and public documents to explore how patients, professionals, institutions and publics mobilised within ‘for’ and ‘against’ clusters, engaging in extensive promissory, emotional, bureaucratic, ethical, embodied and clinical labour to justify competing visions of an ethical future. They describe how this decision is the latest iteration of a UK sociotechnical imaginary in which the further liberalization of human embryo research and use is rendered legitimate and ethical through modes of consultation and permissive but strictly regulated licensing. Overall, this book presents a timely, multi-dimensional, and sociological account of a globally significant landmark in the history of human genetics, and will be relevant to those with an interest in genetics, Science, Technology and Society, the sociology of medicine, reproductive technology, and public policy debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319746449
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 03/21/2018
Edition description: 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 147
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Rebecca Dimond is a medical sociologist at Cardiff University, UK. Her research interests include patient and family narratives, the classification of genetic syndromes, new medical technologies, and the sociology of donation.

Neil Stephens is a sociologist and Science and Technology Studies scholar at Brunel University London, UK. His research interests include embryo politics, tissue engineering, and robotic surgery.

Table of Contents

1. Mihondrial donation and UK biomedical politics.- 2. Contesting mihondrial donation: the cluster for.- 3. Contesting mihondrial donation: the cluster against.- 4. Policy work and legitimacy at Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and the Department of Health.- 5. Campaigning: contested meanings, patient-families, and last minute labours.- 6. The parliamentary debates.- 7. Enacting ethical futures.

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