Time: Tuesday, 04 December 2012, 18.00
Venue:John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, Edinburgh
Tickets: Register for free tickets.
Mitochondrial disease is a genetically inheritable disease that affects approximately 1 in 5000 people in the UK. Symptoms can vary in form and severity from person to person and may be fatal in the worst of cases. Sadly, we currently have no cure - so is there anything we can do about this?
Biomedical research has progressed our understanding of this disease and has raised the prospect of using mitochondrial replacement to prevent inheritance of mitochondrial disorders. Such techniques have invoked media interest - consistently highlighting that newborns will technically carry genes from three people. This has led to sensationalist headlines describing “three-parent babies” and “genetically modified children”. What does this mean? Come to our event to find out more...
Mitochondrial replacement has not yet been approved as a preventative treatment with various issues yet to be addressed. We invite you to join our public debate (you don’t need to be a scientist) and participate in our informative discussion on the scientific principles, ethical considerations and media portrayal of mitochondrial replacement as a potential future approach to overcome mitochondrial disease.
Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley is Professor of Medical and Family Sociology at Edinburgh University.