Designer babies: an ethical horror waiting to happen?

Jan 9, 2017 by

by Philip Ball, Observer: Comfortably seated in the fertility clinic with Vivaldi playing softly in the background, you and your partner are brought coffee and a folder. Inside the folder is an embryo menu. Each embryo has a description, something like this: Embryo 78 – male • No serious early onset diseases, but a carrier for phenylketonuria (a metabolic malfunction that can cause behavioural and mental disorders. Carriers just have one copy of the gene, so don’t get the condition...

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Health groups: ‘NHS wrong to fund gay lifestyle drug over other treatments’

Dec 22, 2016 by

from The Christian Institute: Health and patient groups have condemned a move by NHS England to fund a controversial drug for those engaged in “high risk” homosexual activity, while cutting other vital treatments. From next year, more than 10,000 gay men who do not have HIV but are at risk of contracting it through unprotected sex will be offered pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which lowers the risk of infection. The “large scale clinical trial” will cost up to £10 million and will take place...

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“LGBT Health Hazards” book to come out in paperback next month

Dec 19, 2016 by

from MassResistance: Our groundbreaking book, The Health Hazards of Homosexuality, which has been available since October as an digital-edition book through Amazon, is being readied for release as a paperback edition. We expect it to be available in about a month. We wanted to announce it right away because so many people have been asking us about this. Breaking a 20-year silence . . . Acceptance and even celebration of homosexuality and its associated LGBT behaviors is being pushed into our...

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Three-parent babies isn’t progress. If you play God you’ll create hell on earth

Dec 16, 2016 by

by David Robertson, Premier: It seems such a wonderful advance. And Britain is leading the way! Today the UK’s fertility regulator, The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) gave the green light for clinics to apply for licences to create babies made from the DNA of three people. Doctors in Newcastle are heading the rush to see the first three-parent baby at the end of 2017. One in 10,000 women are in danger of passing on serious genetic disease to their children. The...

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Babies made from three people approved in UK

Dec 15, 2016 by

by James Gallagher, BBC News: Babies made from two women and one man have been approved by the UK’s fertility regulator. The historic and controversial move is to prevent children being born with deadly genetic diseases. Doctors in Newcastle – who developed the advanced form of IVF – are expected to be the first to offer the procedure and have already appealed for donor eggs. The first such child could be born, at the earliest, by the end of 2017. Some families have lost...

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Remember the Essex gay dads and their five children? Now they’re planning all-girl triplets

Dec 10, 2016 by

By Claire Ellicott and Sarah Arnold, Mailonline: As Britain’s original ‘gay dads’, they are used to breaking taboos. Now Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow, who in 1999 were the first gay men in the UK to father children through surrogacy, have decided to have triplets to add to their four sons and a daughter. And, to ensure they have three girls to create a gender balance, they are using embryo sex selection. The process is illegal in Britain so the couple are having eggs tested...

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