Explore how assisted reproduction is impacting baby-making in the 21st century
Following the journey of someone making use of technology to conceive, this course will take you through six different areas of assisted reproduction, as well as the science behind them and its impact.
As you explore human reproduction in the age of technology, you’ll explore the social, ethical, and legal challenges of powerful new genetic techniques creating new opportunities in the field of reproduction.
Learning with experts at UCL’s Institute for Women’s Health, you’ll explore how technology is changing the way babies are made and family life is constructed, appreciate the key ethical dilemmas that these new technologies bring, and gain awareness of the social aspects of the relevant ethical challenges.
This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about reproductive technology, including medical and healthcare students, clinicians and nurses working in women’s health, scientists and biotechnologists involved in reproductive technology and medicine, and couples and individuals seeking advice and information about assisted reproduction.
Healthcare professionals might find the Certificate of Achievement for this course useful for providing evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), or commitment to their career.
Margaret O' Doherty completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This course looks at options beyond standard IVF for treating fertility issues and would be a good starting point for anybody interested in topics like using donor sperm and eggs, surrogacy, genetic screening, prenatal testing and even editing the human...
This course looks at options beyond standard IVF for treating fertility issues and would be a good starting point for anybody interested in topics like using donor sperm and eggs, surrogacy, genetic screening, prenatal testing and even editing the human genome. All this and more is comprehensively covered and there is good support from the educators and mentors.
The emphasis is on the social and ethical implications of making babies other than in the traditional way and there is little of the science or medical techniques. Issues like the merits of telling children how they were conceived and who donated the sperm or eggs or who carried them in the womb are looked at together with the implications of testing and selecting embryos and changing the very DNA that carries our genetic code.
These are complex questions that may not occur to individuals and couples willing to do 'anything' to have a baby but they should be carefully considered by anybody trying to have a child by whatever means.
There are no easy answers but being informed ahead of time could save a lot of heartache down the line. This is an excellent course for those with fertility problems and the professionals working with them.