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Making Babies in the 21st Century

University College London via FutureLearn


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.

Taught by

Dan Reisel


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  • 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...

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