Claims that DNA editing of human embryos will help infertile couples lack any evidence base

Jan 18, 2016 by

By Peter Saunders, CMF: A scientist made her case last week to be the first in the UK to be allowed to genetically modify human embryos. The regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), considered her application last Thursday and will give a ruling later this month (Nature, Guardian, Mail, Telegraph). If approved the research could begin as early as March this year. Dr Kathy Niakan (…), from the Francis Crick Institute in London, wants to use a new technique...

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Leading the world in designer babies. Brave New Britain comes a step closer

Jan 17, 2016 by

By Philippa Taylor, TCW: There will be a number of individuals who will be absolutely delighted to hear that UK scientists are likely to be allowed to engineer genetically human embryos in the lab for the first time, using a powerful and efficient new technology. John Harrisand Julian Savulescu have maintained for years that would-be parents are morallyobligated to make genetic interventions on embryos and create designer children:‘The human genome is not perfect…It’s ethically imperative to...

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Designing our descendants

Jan 8, 2016 by

By Margaret Somerville, MercatorNet: “Editing” the human germline – the genes passed on from generation to generation that have evolved naturally over millions of years to create each unique one of us – has gone from science fiction to science fact. We can now design our descendants. The vast majority of bioethicists and many major institutions had agreed that would be wrong. Now, some are arguing it should be allowed because of its potential to do “good”. How should we decide? Let’s...

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Sperm donor sues to force surrogate mother to abort one of her triplets

Jan 7, 2016 by

By Robert Hutchinson, MercatorNet: The sordid realities and ethical nightmares of surrogacy are coming to light.  A new California lawsuit is revealing the sordid realities and ethical nightmares that lie behind so-called surrogate motherhood — the practice, legal in 22 states, in which women are allowed to sell their own or other women’s biological children in exchange for cash payments in the tens of thousands of dollars. As revealed recently by PEOPLE Magazine and the New York...

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New research could lead to same-sex biological parents

Dec 23, 2015 by

by Joseph Patrick McCormick, Pink News: New research suggests that same-sex couples could be closer than ever to becoming biological parents to children. The new fertilisation technique, which has as yet not been attempted using human cells, could in theory form a sperm cell from a woman’s stem cell or an egg cell from a man’s cells. The cells would be made using stem cells to form gametes, or sex cells. Research on the procedure is taking place at geneticists at George Washington University,...

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Is gene editing moving too fast?

Dec 23, 2015 by

By Eva Botkin-Kowacki, Christian Science Monitor: The gene editing technology CRISPR–Cas9 may be Science’s 2015 Breakthrough of the Year, but the journey to this point has been fraught with controversy and ethical debates. And it’s long from over. Many scientific breakthroughs are heralded with optimistic applause. However, the advent of CRISPR–Cas9, a gene editing tool that has been employed in a wide array of research ranging from of invasive agricultural pest control to disease...

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