Catherine Mills, Robert Sparrow and colleagues awarded ARC Discovery Project (2017) Grant

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Congratulations to Associate Professor Catherine Mills and Professor Robert Sparrow who, along with colleagues Dr Karinne Ludlow and Dr Narelle Warren, have been awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (round 2017) grant valued at $215,000 for research on “Legal and Ethical Issues in the Inheritable Genetic Modification of Humans”.

Project summary:  
“This project aims to investigate the legal and ethical implications of technologies that allow inheritable modifications of the human genome. The use of these technologies in human embryos is fast becoming an international reality, and this project aims to examine the implications for Australia. The project will clarify the legal status of inheritable genetic modification technologies in Australia, analyse the ethics of these new technologies, and, building on this, recommend regulatory reforms to guide Australia’s response to international scientific and legal developments. These reforms could improve the governance of these new technologies and guide their clinical adoption.”

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