How Should We Regulate Heritable Human Genome Editing in Australia?

Dianne Nicol, Christopher Rudge, Rebecca Paxton, Simon Niemeyer

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Heritable human genome editing is a form of modification of the human genome that will be inherited by progeny of the person whose DNA has been edited. Editing human genomes in ways that are heritable is currently prohibited in many countries throughout the world, including in Australia. This section starts with an examination of the historical backdrop to Australia's current laws relating to heritable human genome editing, with particular focus on how technological advances and community responses have shaped our legislative environment for innovative artificial reproductive technologies. The section then examines how community responses to current developments in heritable human genome editing might shape future law reform. The aim is to provide a foundation for examining how the future regulatory environment for heritable human genome editing in Australia might be shaped in ways that are responsive both to technological developments and to contemporary ethical norms and social values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-336
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Law and Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2022


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