Greater mental health risks for IVF babies

Jul 18, 2014 by

By Nicole M King, Family Edge: The News Story – IVF babies face greater risk of mental illness While IVF has helped more than 5,000,000 babies to be born, it is not without risks and complications for both the baby and mother.  A recent study has shown that babies born from IVF have an increased risk of developing psychiatric disorders, such as autism and schizophrenia, both in childhood and adulthood. A recent article in The Scotsman summarizes the issue.  It is not clear that the...

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The untold cost of creating three parent embryos

Jul 12, 2014 by

by Philippa Taylor, CMF: Why helping a few women will harm many more. It seems ironic that while ten or so women may be helped each year to have embryos free from mitochondrial disease (yes, the numbers are that small as a Government ‘estimate’admits), many hundreds of other women will be put at real risk of harm to help them achieve this. There is a deafening silence from the HFEA, from Government and, above all, from scientists about the fact that new research and treatment for mitochondrial...

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How the Government’s three parent policy is risking genetic abnormalities

Jun 29, 2014 by

by Fiona Bruce MP, Conservative Home: Back in March, I wrote a piece for ConservativeHomeexamining the ethical implications of mitochondrial replacement techniques. Today I address the growing public safety concerns surrounding the Government’s proposals. The handling of GM food technology in the 1990s has become a text book example of how not to deal with consumer concerns about the application of science. It demonstrated how adopting a cavalier attitude toward public fears can seriously...

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Freedom of conscience in medicine is under sustained attack but is worth fighting for

Jun 21, 2014 by

By Peter Saunders, CMF: I have previously highlighted the case of two Glasgow midwives who were disciplined by their NHS Trust for refusing to participate in abortion. Their Trust was found to be in the wrong by the Scottish Court of Appeal and the case has been referred to the UK Supreme Court where a further hearing is still awaited. A single act of physician refusal to abort a patient can evoke headlines around the world, especially in nations targeted by the pro-abortion industry....

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Expert warns of misuse of genetic evidence in courtroom

Jun 14, 2014 by

by Xavier Symons, BioEdge: Prominent medical law commentator Paul S. Appelbaum has warned of the misuse of genetic evidence in courtrooms. In an article published in Neuron earlier this month, Appelbaum noted that there has been a modest increase in the use of ‘genetic arguments’ in US jurisdictions in the past twenty years. He challenged the view that genetic evidence provides a ‘genuinely excusing condition’: “Many defendants experience pressures to commit criminal acts—from peer...

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Science and the Embryo

Jun 12, 2014 by

By Christopher O Tollefsen, Public Discourse: It is an interesting, difficult, and manifestly important question: “When does a new human being begin to exist?” Many crucial moral, political, and legal matters turn upon the answer to it. But this question is distinct from a further question: “How should we go about answering this important, difficult, and interesting question?” This question about inquiry is raised by Mathew Lu in a recent Public Discourse essay. Lu’s essay is provocative, for...

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