Understand the choices that surround assisted reproduction
As soon as anyone decides to use reproductive technology to help them to have biological offspring, they are often confronted with a dizzying array of choices and dilemmas:
- to have a sperm or egg donor;
- to choose a known or an anonymous donor;
- to test the fetus for genetic abnormalities;
- to use a surrogate (and, if so, in an ethical way);
- to test the embryo or baby for genetic abnormalities;
- and whether to use new technologies that allow genome editing
All of these issues pose urgent ethical challenges. But who decides what’s right or wrong? Who is potentially harmed? And how is this changing our society?
Explore the challenges posed by reproductive technology
Making Babies in the 21st Century will look at human reproduction in an age where reproductive technology is becoming the norm, exploring the social, ethical and legal challenges that currently confront us. The course will enable you to:
- explore how technology is changing the way babies are made and how family life is constructed;
- appreciate the key ethical dilemmas that these new technologies bring;
- and gain awareness of the social aspects of the relevant ethical challenges
Learn with UCL’s Institute for Women’s Health
The course has been created by Dr Dan Reisel, a research associate and clinical research fellow in Women’s Health at UCL.
The content of the course grows out of the ethics teaching at the Institute for Women’s Health, and brings together clinicians, scientists, patient advocates and students interested in the ethical and social implications of the new reproductive and genomic technologies.