The Future of Human Reproduction is an innovative, interdisciplinary research programme exploring the cultural, ethical, legal and social challenges that may emerge as technological advances fundamentally change the possibilities for human reproduction.

Funded by a £1M Research Development Award from Wellcome, the programme pushes academic boundaries by developing new methods, research agendas and interdisciplinary ways of working to tackle the conceptual and ethical implications of a range of future reproductive scenarios likely to be technologically possible within a generation. These include:

  • Ectogenesis: The development of fetuses outside the human body;
  • In-Vitro Gametogenesis: new methods of creating eggs and sperm that will allow the creation of children with two same-sex genetic parents, multiple genetic parents, or just one genetic parent; and,
  • Genome editing: enabling a greater degree of control over the genetic makeup of future people.

The programme’s unique interdisciplinary team will bring together a diverse range of voices from within and outside academia to open up debates about reproductive futures and to shape the direction of humanities, social sciences and bioethics research in this area.

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