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Health Care Analysis

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 196–209

First Online: 25 July 2016DOI: 10.1007-s10728-016-0329-z

Cite this article as: Griffiths, D. Health Care Anal 2016 24: 196. doi:10.1007-s10728-016-0329-z

Abstract

Advances in medicine in the latter half of the twentieth century have dramatically altered human bodies, expanding choices around what we do with them and how they connect to other bodies. Nowhere is this more so than in the area of reproductive technologies RTs. Reproductive medicine and the laws surrounding it in the UK have reconfigured traditional boundaries surrounding parenthood and the family. Yet culture and regulation surrounding RTs have combined to try to ensure that while traditional boundaries may be pushed, they are reconstructed in similar ways. This paper looks at the most recent RT to be permitted in the UK, mitochondria mtDNA replacement therapy MRT. Despite controversial media headlines surrounding the technique, MRT is in fact an example of how science and regulation seek to expand models of traditional relatedness in a way that doesn’t challenge the existing order. Yet, like other RTs, while attempts are made to ensure it doesn’t push traditional boundaries too far, fissures and inconsistencies appear in law and culture, which give interesting insights into how genetics, parentage and identity are being mediated in new but familiar ways.

KeywordsGenetics Reproductive technologies Mitochondria replacement therapy Nuclear family  Download fulltext PDF



Author: Danielle Griffiths

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