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Legalising Mitochondrial Donation

Enacting Ethical Futures in UK Biomedical Politics

Authors: Dimond, Rebecca, Stephens, Neil

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  • Deals with an issue with great national and global relevance
  • Offers a distinctly sociological take on mitochondrial donation
  • Provides a unique insight into an important and ethically-challenging topic
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About this book

In 2015 the UK became the first country in the world to legalise mitochondrial donation, a controversial germ line reproductive technology to prevent the transmission of mitochondrial 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.

About the authors

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 (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Mitochondrial Donation and UK Biomedical Politics

    Pages 1-25

    Dimond, Rebecca (et al.)

  • Contesting Mitochondrial Donation: The Cluster For

    Pages 27-45

    Dimond, Rebecca (et al.)

  • Contesting Mitochondrial Donation: The Cluster Against

    Pages 47-67

    Dimond, Rebecca (et al.)

  • Policy Work and Legitimacy at the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and the Department of Health

    Pages 69-88

    Dimond, Rebecca (et al.)

  • Campaigning: Contested Meanings, Patient-Families, and Last Minute Labours

    Pages 89-107

    Dimond, Rebecca (et al.)

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eBook £35.99
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Hardcover £43.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Legalising Mitochondrial Donation
Book Subtitle
Enacting Ethical Futures in UK Biomedical Politics
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-74645-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-74645-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-74644-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09044-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 147
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