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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Three-parent babies may only be two years away

Jun 9, 2014 by

From Christian Concern: The possibility that Britain could be the first country in the world to allow the creation of ‘three parent’ babies moved a step closer this week. A review of scientific evidence commissioned by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) concluded that there was no evidence that it would be unsafe to proceed although it called for further tests to be undertaken. One member of the panel said that he thought that two years “is not a bad...

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Three-parent babies ‘could be a reality within two years’

Jun 4, 2014 by

By Fiona Macrea, Mailonline: Babies with ‘three parents’ could be created in British laboratories within two years, it emerged yesterday. The UK fertility regulator said there was no evidence that the controversial technique would be unsafe, but called for extra checks before approving it for use. These could take up to two years. However, some leading scientists said that no time is to be lost in changing the law to allow women to be treated. This would make Britain the first country in the...

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Child Psychologist who spent £30,000 on IVF says her single-parent family ‘doesn’t need ...

May 9, 2014 by

From Christian Concern A child psychologist has engineered her own IVF single-parent family after coming to the controversial conclusion that her children “did not need to know, or have, a real father”. Dr Luan Ferguson gave birth to three boys, Ethan, Finlay and Charlie, after conceiving after a £30,000 combination of IVF and artificial donation via vials of sperm from a sperm donor in America. ‘Shocking decision’ “Some might say intentionally depriving children of the love and influence of a...

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Infusion of young blood is the key to eternal youth

May 6, 2014 by

From Cranmer It seems that what humanity needs is an injection of new blood – quite literally. For scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered that by infusing the brains of old mice with the blood of young mice, the aging mind is rejuvenated and mental decline halted. No doubt this experimentation will now be swiftly extended to bunnies, beagles and primates, and thence to human dementia patients. And when the efficacy of the therapy is scientifically proven to...

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Rich could pay to have brighter babies, says Lord Winston

May 6, 2014 by

By Mario Ledwith and Fiona Macrae, Mailonline Breakthroughs in IVF could ‘threaten our humanity’ by prompting parents to demand designer babies, Robert Winston has warned. The fertility pioneer said that he feared a time when the rich could alter the appearance and ability of children by tinkering with their genes. And he claimed a ‘toxic’ climate had been created by the desperation of childless couples and the pace of scientific developments in the booming IVF industry. Warning of a...

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