Major report prepares ground for genetic modification of human embryos

Feb 15, 2017 by

by Ian Sample, Guardian: Powerful gene editing procedures could one day be allowed to prevent people from passing on serious medical conditions to their children, according to a major report from senior US researchers. The cautious endorsement from two of the most prestigious US science...

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2017 will see further controversy over abortion

Jan 25, 2017 by

by Philippa Taylor, TCW: 2017 will be another busy and challenging year on beginning of life issues. Here is a taste of what to expect: Abortion October 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act. Throughout the year this significant anniversary will generate media publicity, events,...

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The ethical dilemma of designer babies

Jan 24, 2017 by

from TED: Creating genetically modified people is no longer a science fiction fantasy; it’s a likely future scenario. Biologist Paul Knoepfler estimates that within fifteen years, scientists could use the gene editing technology CRISPR to make certain “upgrades” to human embryos...

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Fighting Aids: getting pills into bodies

Jan 21, 2017 by

by Elizabeth Pisani, Prospect Magazine: A new account of the early days of Aids shows how cleverly activists influenced the powerful. “It’s time gay guys just grew up!” This jarring comment came recently from a youngish gay friend, a former Aids activist and sex worker. We were talking about...

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Three-person IVF baby for infertile couple

Jan 18, 2017 by

by Michelle Roberts, BBC: A baby has been born to a previously infertile couple in Ukraine using a new type of “three-person IVF”. The Times reports that doctors in Kiev used a method called pronuclear transfer in what is a world first. It is not the first baby born with DNA from three...

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Stem cell biology may revolutionise reproduction

Jan 17, 2017 by

by James Cook, MercatorNet: Last year a Stanford law professor, Hank Greely, published a book, The End of Sex And The Future of Human Reproduction. In it he predicted that in 20 to 40 years’ time people would no longer have sex to make babies. Sex will be largely recreational and procreation will...

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