Washington Post features symposium on transhumanism

May 21, 2016 by

by Michael Cook, Bio Edge: As a sign of growing interest in transhumanism, the Washington Post recently featured a symposium with several distinguished writers. It may indicate a growing interest in its aspirations, in an election year when a transhumanist, Zoltan Istvan, is seriously running for President. At the moment, transhumanism is a ill-defined and fractured movement with many different strands, ranging from more-or-less mainstream to whacky. On the mainstream side, there is the...

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Scientists call for embryo experiments

May 17, 2016 by

by Xavier Symons, MercatorNet: Policy analysts in the United States and United Kingdom are calling for an augmentation of the decades-old 14-day embryo experimentation rule – a regulation that requires scientists to terminate any embryo in vitro before it reaches two weeks of development. The calls for change have come in the wake of the publication of ground-breaking embryology research in the journal Nature. In two separate studies, scientists have reported keeping embryos alive,...

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Let’s not ditch morals for scientific advancement

May 11, 2016 by

By Nola Leach, The Conservative Woman: We live in a brave new world. Take the recent story all about the 14 day limit on keeping human embryos alive in a laboratory. Scientists have recently managed to grow human embryos and keep them alive for an unprecedented 13 days, right up to the legal limit. Cue the inevitable calls for the limit to be removed to allow for further experimentation. Story after story was filled with scientists and professors urging this ‘outdated’ legal limit be done away...

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Breakthrough embryo research raises ethical questions: What some Christians think

May 6, 2016 by

by Harry Farley, Christian Today: For the first time ever researchers have kept an embryo in a lab alive beyond the point it would normally implant in the womb. The research was halted shortly before the embryo reached 14 days old, the legal limit in many countries including the UK and US. The experiment went far beyond anything done so far. The result was hailed as a milestone by some scientists who have said the research could revolutionise our knowledge about the earliest stages of human...

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Worse than eugenics

May 6, 2016 by

by Dennis Sewell, Catholic Herald: Myths about Down’s syndrome lead to thousands of abortions every year. A new proposal will make it even harder for parents to resist social pressure. “If it were made possible, do you think Down’s syndrome should disappear from society?” Put in this stark form, the question pulls you up short. When it was posed in precisely those terms to the Dutch geneticist Hans Galjaard, a former member of the Unesco bioethics committee, it drew an equally direct...

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Video of pro-life speech by brave young woman with Down’s syndrome goes viral

Apr 28, 2016 by

from SPUC: The video of a brave young woman with Down’s syndrome speaking out against a new genetic screening test has gone viral, gaining hundreds of thousands of views and even catching the attention of mainstream media. Heidi Crowter is a 20-year-old woman from Coventry who happens to have Down’s syndrome. She lives independently, works in a hair salon and loves to laugh. Last week she attended a rally outside Parliament organised by ‘Don’t Screen Us Out’,...

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