This week at the Progress Educational Trust (16 July 2015)
The Progress Educational Trust (PET) is currently working on its Annual Conference, which this year will focus on the science and ethics of making enduring genetic changes to the human embryo - that is, changes which will go on to be inherited by subsequent generations. The conference will explore this theme in relation to two very different areas, mitochondrial donation and genome editing, and will take place in central London on Wednesday 9 December 2015. Save the date, and watch this space for further details!
This week saw PET Director Sarah Norcross attend the Annual Conference of another charity - Genetic Alliance UK, which works to improve the lives of patients and families affected by all types of genetic conditions, and which is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary. PET has collaborated with Genetic Alliance UK on numerous occasions, including campaigning (successfully!) for the law to be changed to permit the use of mitochondrial donation in treatment.
The Director of Genetic Alliance UK, Alastair Kent, also served on PET's Advisory Committee for a number of years. PET would like to congratulate Alastair and his colleagues on their 25 years of vital work on behalf of patients, and looks forward to collaborating with them again in future.
A current member of PET's Advisory Committee - Dr Kirsty Horsey, also a Contributing Editor at PET's flagship publication BioNews - has just published a book entitled Revisiting the Regulation of Human Fertilisation and Embryology. A follow-up to an earlier volume on the same subject (also edited by Kirsty), the new book examines the most recent overhaul of the UK's fertility legislation and asks whether it has proven fit for purpose.
The book features work by a number of people in PET's orbit besides Kirsty - PET Trustee Laura Riley contributes a chapter on mitochondrial donation, PET/BioNews Legal Editor Legal Editor Antony Blackburn-Starza contributes a chapter on compensating reproductive harms, and other contributors to the book will be familiar to regular readers of BioNews.
You can buy the book from Amazon UK by clicking here or by clicking on the image below, which will ensure that PET receives a commission on your purchase at no extra cost to you - every little helps. You can also subscribe to BioNews for free here, to be kept up-to-date with all the latest developments in the areas covered by the book.