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|Title: ||Should Australia Allow Mitochondrial Donation|
|Authors: ||Newson, A.J.|
|Keywords: ||mitochondrial donation|
|Issue Date: ||Mar-2016|
|Publisher: ||Control Publications|
|Citation: ||Newson AJ, Wilkinson S. Should Australia Allow Mitochondrial Donation, Australasian Science, March 2016, pp 17-19. Available at http://www.australasianscience.com.au/article/issue-march-2016/should-australia-allow-mitochondrial-donation.html (paywalled)|
|Abstract: ||Is there any ethical reason why legislation should prevent the use of donor mitochondria in cases where children are likely to inherit mitochondrial disease from their mothers? The transfer of a donor's healthy mitochondria into a woman's egg or early embryo aims to prevent a child from inheriting mitochondrial disease from its mother. In Feb 2015 the United Kingdom became the first country to allow the technique,
and last month the US Institute of Medicine also determined that mitochondrial donation is acceptable in some circumstances.
Current laws and regulations in Australia are unlikely to
allow this treatment to be used clinically so that children can
be born with donor mitochondria. However, in all states and
territories (except Western Australia), undertaking embryo
research into at least some methods of mitochondrial donation may be possible under an appropriate licence.
So far, no such licences have been granted. There are also
no plans to review these laws, with the most recent review in
2011 rejecting any change to allow mitochondrial donation.
Should Australia now follow these overseas developments?|
|Description: ||permission received from publisher to archive published pdf from 1 April 2016 (Guy Nolch, Editor, Australasian Science, email from 15 Mar 2016)|
|Type of Work: ||Article|
|Type of Publication: ||Publisher version|
|Appears in Collections:||Research Papers and Publications. Sydney Health Ethics|
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