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Mitochondrial donation: the Australian story


Nicol, D and Richards, B, Mitochondrial donation: the Australian story, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 17, (2) pp. 161-164. ISSN 1176-7529 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11673-020-09988-5


The landscape of healthcare is perpetually changing, with new and innovative treatment techniques constantly emerging. We are also improving the ability to investigate (and prevent) specific inherited conditions through pre-implantation diagnosis and other medical interventions. One such category of medical intervention is mitochondrial donation, which is currently permitted (under strict conditions) in the United Kingdom but is prohibited in Australia. Recently, under the directions of the Hon Greg Hunt, MP (Minister for Health) the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) opened a dialogue to consider the regulatory, scientific, and ethical issues of mitochondrial donation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mitochondrial donation, law, genome editing, mitochondrial disease
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law in context
Research Field:Medical and health law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law reform
UTAS Author:Nicol, D (Professor Dianne Nicol)
ID Code:140922
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2020-09-15
Last Modified:2020-10-09
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