Making babies, designer babies

This resource is based on objects in A History of Pathology in 50 objects. An ethical discussion for GCSE students on issues surrounding assisted conception and saviour siblings.


Explore the social, ethical and moral implications of assisted conception and saviour siblings. Is IVF more successful now than when it was a new technology in the 1970s? Should everyone who can’t have children be allowed to, through IVF? Should everyone be allowed to have multiple babies by IVF on NHS?

Target audience

GCSE students

Type of activity 


Pathology link

This activity focuses on histopathology, clinical biochemistry, clinical embryology, genetics, haematology, histocompatibility and immunogenetics.

The activity toolkit below contains curriculum links as well as information on how to deliver the session.