Genetic identity concerns in the regulation of novel reproductive technologies

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Confusion concerning a child’s genetic identity is a common objection to
the application of novel technologies to human embryos. Unsurprisingly
then, concern for genetic identity has been used to justify successive waves
of regulatory activity and is again appearing in debates about regulatory
responses to emerging reproductive technologies. By examining the history
of Australian law’s understanding and responses to so-called genetic identity
in the context of past and current scientific developments in reproductive
technology, this paper investigates regulatory reform needed for still
emerging reproductive technologies. While this paper presents and analyzes
in some detail Australian regulation and the policy deliberations and
scientific developments that led to them, the identified inconsistencies in
the regulatory responses, and recommended reforms to address emerging
reproductive technologies offered, address issues relevant tomany countries
responding to the same technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Law and the Biosciences
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Law reform
  • reproductive technologies
  • genetic identity
  • regulation of reproduction

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