Artificial gametes: perspectives of geneticists, ethicists and representatives of potential users

D. Cutas*, W. Dondorp, T.E. Swierstra, S. Repping, G. de Wert

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Several threads of research towards developing artificial gametes are ongoing in a number of research labs worldwide. The development of a technology that could generate gametes in vitro has significant potential for human reproduction, and raises a lot of interest, as evidenced by the frequent and extensive media coverage of research in this area. We have asked researchers involved in work with artificial gametes, ethicists, and representatives of potential user groups, how they envisioned the use of artificial gametes in human reproduction. In the course of three focus groups, the participants commented on the various aspects involved. The two recurring themes were the strength of the claim of becoming a parent genetically, and the importance of responsible communication of science. The participants concurred that (a) the desire or need to have genetic offspring of one's own does not warrant the investment of research resources into these technologies, and that (b) given the minefield in terms of moral controversy and sensitivity that characterises the issues involved, how information is communicated and handled is of great importance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-345
JournalMedicine Health Care and Philosophy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


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