Prof: ‘We can’t predict the harm caused by GM embryos’

Feb 6, 2016 by

From The Christian Institute: A prominent medical ethics professor has warned that gene editing of human embryos could have unforeseen and potentially harmful consequences for future generations. Writing in The Telegraph online, Professor Donna Dickenson explained that our descendants are unable to consent to germline editing “that will manipulate their welfare in ways that we cannot yet predict or alter if things go wrong”. On Monday, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)...

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Bioethics centre says Britain moving toward genetically modified babies

Feb 4, 2016 by

Catholic Herald: A Catholic bioethics institute has accused the British government of moving toward the creation of genetically modified babies after scientists were given permission to alter the DNA of embryos in experimentation. The Anscombe Bioethics Centre, an Oxford-based institute serving the Catholic Church in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, denounced the development as “yet more destructive experimentation on human embryos.” “Experiments to edit the genes of human embryos...

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Will gene ‘editing’ help infertile couples?

Feb 3, 2016 by

By Peter Saunders, MercatorNet: A scientist made her case last week to be the first in the UK to be allowed to genetically modify human embryos. The regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), considered her application last Thursday and will give a ruling later this month (Nature, Guardian, Mail, Telegraph). If approved the research could begin as early as March this year. Dr Kathy Niakan from the Francis Crick Institute in London wants to use a new technique called...

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Scientists get ‘gene editing’ go-ahead

Feb 1, 2016 by

BBC News: UK scientists have been given the go-ahead by the fertility regulator to genetically modify human embryos. It is the first time a country has considered the DNA-altering technique in embryos and approved it. The research will take place at the Francis Crick Institute in London and aims to provide a deeper understanding of the earliest moments of human life. It will be illegal for the scientists to implant the modified embryos into a woman. But the field is attracting controversy over...

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New documents prove Planned Parenthood profited from selling aborted body parts: pro-life group

Jan 30, 2016 by

By Ben Johnson, LifeSite: A pro-life organization has released documents that may show Planned Parenthood illegally profited from the sale of aborted babies’ body parts, furthering a Texas state investigation and possibly triggering a new grand jury in Harris County. The new receipts show that Planned Parethood charges for each body part obtained, as pro-life advocates had maintained all along. Operation Rescue attorney Briscoe Cain held a press conference in front of the Planned...

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Upsetting the balance of nature

Jan 22, 2016 by

By Michael Cook, MercatorNet: It’s not surprising that a report from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, an influential independent British bioethics think tank, has received almost no publicity since its release last November. “Ideas about naturalness in public and political debates about science, technology and medicine” is not a title which sets the pulse racing. Perhaps they should have christened it “Unnatural Acts”. That would have guaranteed it blanket coverage in the London tabloids....

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