Where do we draw the line between playing Darwin and playing God?

Apr 25, 2015 by

by Judith Woods, Telegraph: The fact that Chinese geneticists have taken the first steps to creating designer babies should fill us with horror. TWO contrasting stories this week have thrown into sharp relief the complex relationship between humanity and science. The first was the harrowing yet inspirational story of how newborn Teddy Houlston became Britain’s youngest organ donor aged just 100 minutes old. His parents allowed his kidneys and heart valves to be removed and given to a man 233...

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Morning-after pill leads to higher rates of sexually-transmitted infections, study suggests

Apr 20, 2015 by

By John Smeaton, SPUC: A recently-published study suggests that access to morning-after pills leads to higher rates of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs). The study was authored by Dr Karen Mulligan, associate professor of economics and finance at Middle Tennessee State University, USA. [Wiley Online Library, accessed 20 April] Dr David Paton, professor of industrial economics at Nottingham University Business School, told SPUC today: “It is very interesting to see further...

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Unholy trinity of the three-person embryo

Mar 26, 2015 by

By Peter Kearney, The Scotsman: The recent “debate” over three-person embryos showed once again how poorly informed we are about modern science and its techniques. That might be unfortunate, but it shouldn’t be catastrophic. The votes in the Commons and the Lords, however, showed how completely ignorant our legislators are about science in general and genetics in particular – it was catastrophic. Supporters claimed that the decision was “good news for progressive medicine”. Yet, just because...

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In the headlong rush for ‘rights’, children are an afterthought

Mar 21, 2015 by

By Charles Moore, Telegraph: Traditional views of parenthood are being drowned out by a form of gay rights sharia. It is a cunning feature of general elections, designed by the parties who compete in them, that most issues which matter cannot be discussed. The two main parties narrow down the subjects they are prepared to debate and then make a tremendous show of disagreement about what little remains. We saw it in the Budget debate on Wednesday. So this column is more interested in whatever...

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Genetics matter to a child. That’s why I deplore gay or straight surrogacy

Mar 18, 2015 by

By Laura Perrins, The Conservative Woman: There are three or four very, very, very wealthy men currently having a chat about how best to use other women’s wombs and eggs. Should people be permitted to harvest other women’s eggs and then hire out a womb to grow the resulting baby? This is the question that got Dolce and Gabbana into hot water – they say No. We must not sidestep the difficult ethical issues that surround egg donation and surrogacy. It is worth restating what the process is when...

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IVF births in US hit 1.5%

Mar 7, 2015 by

by Michael Cook, BioEdge: More than 1.5% of the babies born in the United States in 2013 were IVF babies, according to the latest statistics from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. In that year, 380 clinics reported on 174,962 IVF cycles resulting in the birth of 63,286 babies, up from 165,172 cycles and 61,740 babies born in 2012. Most strikingly, more women, no matter their age, chose to have a single embryo transferred. The increasing popularity of this choice was greatest in...

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