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Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction

Progress Educational Trust to be held at Amnesty International London on Friday 8 December. There is an EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT on attendance if places are booked and paid for before 15 September.

The conference will explore the changing boundaries of reproductive medicine and research. Sessions include 'THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF LIFE AND LAW: WHAT IS A SPERM? WHAT IS AN EGG? WHAT IS AN EMBRYO?', 'CREATING LIFE IN THE LAB: IN VITRO GAMETOGENESIS (IVG) AND SYNTHETIC HUMAN ENTITIES WITH EMBRYO-LIKE FEATURES (SHEEFs)', 'THE WILD EAST AND THE WORRIED WEST: PIONEERS OR OUTLAWS?', 'WHAT NEXT FOR GENOME EDITING? POLITICS AND THE PUBLIC' and 'REVOLUTIONISING REPRODUCTION: SETTING A NEW MORAL COMPASS'.

Confirmed speakers and chairs include PROFESSOR AZIM SURANI (Director of Germline and Epigenomics Research at the University of Cambridge), PROFESSOR ROBIN LOVELL-BADGE (Group Leader in Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at the Francis Crick Institute), SALLY CHESHIRE (Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority), PROFESSOR GUIDO PENNINGS (Director of the Bioethics Institute Ghent), KATHERINE LITTLER (Senior Policy Adviser at the Wellcome Trust), PROFESSOR RICHARD ANDERSON (Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Edinburgh), DR SUE AVERY (Director of the Birmingham Women's Fertility Centre), DR ELIZABETH GARNER (Functional Genomics Scientist at Caribou Biosciences), PROFESSOR ALLAN PACEY (Professor of Andrology at the University of Sheffield), DR ANNA SMAJDOR (Associate Professor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Oslo), DR ANDY GREENFIELD (Programme Leader in Mammalian Sexual Development at MRC Harwell), PHILIPPA TAYLOR (Head of Public Policy at the Christian Medical Fellowship) and DR CÉSAR PALACIOS-GONZÁLEZ (Research Associate at King's College London).

The conference is supported by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund and the Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund (silver sponsors), and by Ferring Pharmaceuticals and the London Women's Clinic (bronze sponsors).

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You may also be interested in a related report that the Progress Educational Trust has just published, entitled 'BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF GENOME EDITING' - Click here

 

 

The report summarises the findings of a project they carried out with their fellow charity Genetic Alliance UK, funded by the Wellcome Trust. The project explored what patients and laypeople think and know about genome editing and its implications, and developed recommendations for how best to discuss genome editing in public.