Relatively (im)material? Mitochondrial DNA and genetic relatedness in legal discourse

Jones, Caroline (2012) Relatively (im)material? Mitochondrial DNA and genetic relatedness in legal discourse. Interdisciplinary Dialogue: the Genetic Family in Question, Manchester, GB, 10 May 2012.


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Mitochondrial donation poses the latest regulatory challenge for policy-makers in the context of assisted conception. In 2012 the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority are consulting on ethical issues raised by this technique; including the potential relationships created by the use of three parties’ genetic material and the associated ramifications (eg whether or not there is a need to establish records of such donations and, if so, to whom should information be provided?) Hence, this technique poses both novel and familiar questions about ‘the genetic family’. This paper will explore the construction of the relative (in)significance of mitochondrial DNA in recent parliamentary debates, and current policy and consultation documents, in order to reflect on the ways in which the role of genetic connections – or lack thereof – are mediated in legal discourse and policy formation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Invited Paper)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
K Law > KD England and Wales
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1001 Forensic Medicine. Medical jurisprudence. Legal medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Law > Southampton Law School
ePrint ID: 338271
Date Deposited: 14 May 2012 15:32
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:21

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