Doctors who won’t carry out abortions ‘are not promoted’

Jul 21, 2016 by

by Simon Caldwell, Mailonline: Doctors who refuse to take part in abortions are suffering increasingly from harassment and discrimination at work, the British Medical Association has told MPs. Healthcare professionals are complaining to the union that they faced a glass ceiling and were denied promotion if they objected to abortions, a report reveals today. The parliamentary inquiry also found that staff were under ‘widespread and increasing pressure’ to participate in abortions....

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Fresh concerns raised over controversial ‘three parent baby’ therapy which aims to eliminate inherited disease

Jul 7, 2016 by

from The controversial technique was approved by Parliament last year. Hidden effects on metabolism and ageing may make it harder to rid future generations of devastating inherited diseases using a controversial “three parent baby” treatment, new research suggests. Scientists working with mice found that an early mismatch of DNA had disturbing consequences later in life, including accelerated ageing. Whether humans might respond the same way is not yet known. But the research raises...

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Our obsession with cheating death leads us deeper into an ethical swamp

Jul 5, 2016 by

by Philippa Taylor, TCW: A 60-year-old woman has been granted permission to take her dead daughter’s frozen eggs to a US fertility treatment clinic, to fertilise them with donor sperm and then (assuming success) to carry the embryos and (she hopes) give birth to her own grandchild. Or should I say her own child? Because on the one hand this child would be the woman’s son/daughter, but on the other, the child would also be her grandson/grand-daughter. More of that shortly, but first...

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Why don’t I have a dad? Agony of single mums’ IVF children

Jul 4, 2016 by

by Colin Fernandez, Mailonline: More than a third of children born to single mothers from IVF treatment have mixed or negative feelings about not having a father, research has found. So-called ‘solo mothers’ form a growing number of those having fertility treatment – but little research has been done on the effects on their children. Typically well-educated and with good careers, they have children without a partner out of choice because they fear that time is running out for them...

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Doctors edge closer to creating babies with DNA from three people

Jun 9, 2016 by

by Ian Sample, Guardian: Doctors are a step closer to creating babies with DNA from three people after research on healthy embryos found the procedure was likely to produce normal pregnancies. Studies on embryos made with extra DNA showed that the majority were indistinguishable from standard IVF embryos, although further tests hinted that the procedure still carried risks. The work will be reviewed by the UK government’s fertility regulator, which is expected to make a recommendation on...

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The rights and wrongs of the Human Genome Project—Write

Jun 7, 2016 by

by Karl D Stephan, MercatorNet: The highly prestigious journal Science carried an unusual article on June 2. Most scientific papers are about new discoveries—we figured out this theory or we measured thus-and-so in that experiment. Well, this paper was neither of those things. In “The Human Genome Project—Write,” the 25 co-authors announced their intention to synthesize a human genome from scratch. In layman’s terms, they are saying that they are going to design a human...

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