Freeing Us From Our Cells: Avoiding Inherited Mitochondrial Disease
25th September 2012, City University London's Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre 6.30pm-8.30pm
This event is being organised by PET in partnership with City University's Science Journalism course. The debate concerns new IVF techniques that use genetic material from three people in order to to prevent children from inheriting mitochondrial diseases, and will address the question (the subject of a forthcoming HFEA consultation) of whether there should be a change in the law to permit the use of these new techniques in a clinical trial or in treatment.
The debate will be chaired by PROFESSOR SIR MARK WALPORT (outgoing Director of the Wellcome Trust and incoming Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government), and will feature speakers MARY HERBERT (Professor of Reproductive Biology at Newcastle University and one of the researchers currently developing mitochondrial exchange techniques), ALISON MAGUIRE (Research Executive at the Lily Foundation for Research into Mitochondrial Disease), MARTIN RICHARDS (Emeritus Professor of Family Research at the University of Cambridge), DR JACKIE LEACH SCULLY (Codirector of Newcastle University's Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre), and JOHN WYATT (Emeritus Professor of Ethics and Perinatology at University College London).