Category: Cloning, Embryo Research & Genetics

Today's Three-Parent Kids Are Not the Same As Tomorrow's Three-Parent Kids
0

Today’s Three-Parent Kids Are Not the Same As Tomorrow’s Three-Parent Kids

by

Many people are not aware that there are already about two dozen kids in the United States that have been genetically modified. A recent headline exclaims that “The World’s First Genetically Modified Babies Will Graduate High School This Year.” This is true.Nearly 2 decades ago, Dr. Jacques Cohen of the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and […]

Divergent Trilogy Tackles Genetic Engineering and Genetic Discrimination
2

Divergent Trilogy Tackles Genetic Engineering and Genetic Discrimination

by

Warning! Spoilers Ahead!! Divergent is the latest of the teen dystopian future trilogies to hit the big screen. I have read all three books, Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant. Is it not my favorite trilogy in this growing genre, but I know that teens everywhere love it. I do appreciate that Veronica Roth has tackled some […]

Musings of a Former Zygote
2

Musings of a Former Zygote

by

I am a former zygote. If you are not familiar with biology terminology, a zygote is the first cell that results when gametes (sperm and egg) fuse in sexual reproduction. I teach biology to homeschool students and we discover that many organisms begin as zygotes. Any organism that reproduces sexually starts as a zygote. Humans […]

If We Do Nothing, They Will Clone
1

If We Do Nothing, They Will Clone

by

Human cloning is here. After years of effort, scientists manufactured human life using the same process that created Dolly the sheep. There is no way around it: The age of human cloning is here—unless we act now to prevent it. Why outlaw human cloning? As the United Nations General Assembly decided in a nearly 3-1 […]

Asexual Human Reproduction
1

Asexual Human Reproduction

by

Today the phrase “from the beginning of his/her biological development” accurately defines when the life of an individual human being begins to exist; the terms “conception” or “fertilization” do not. We have learned this is so because the fact is that not all human beings begin through sexual means; some are reproduced asexually. This concept […]

Our Risen Lord Gives us Strength to Build a Culture of Life
0

Our Risen Lord Gives us Strength to Build a Culture of Life

by

If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, will he not also give us all things with him? (Romans 8:31) This exhortation by Saint Paul vividly expresses the full extent of the love of God the Father and […]

Down Syndrome Discovery Has Implications for Human Genetic Engineering
0

Down Syndrome Discovery Has Implications for Human Genetic Engineering

by

The 21st human chromosome is the smallest of all our chromosomes. It contains a few hundred genes and is only 1% of our total DNA. As most people know, an extra chromosome 21 causes Down Syndrome. What most people did not know, until research published this week, is that tiny chromosome has an effect across […]

Building the Culture John XXII and John Paul II Envisioned
0

Building the Culture John XXII and John Paul II Envisioned

by

This Sunday, Pope Francis will proclaim Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II Saints. He personally chose the date to coincide with Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast inaugurated by John Paul II in 2000. It was on the eve of this feast on April 2, 2005 that John Paul II gave up his spirit […]

 The Oxford Push to Screen Embryos for Intelligence
0

The Oxford Push to Screen Embryos for Intelligence

by

Wesley J. Smith has a disturbing article dealing with Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu’s proposal to screen human embryos for intelligence. Smith quotes Savulescu: A common objection is that being smarter does not make your life better. In this study, researchers were concerned with those with an IQ between 70-85. Below 70 is classified as intellectual […]

TV Show Intelligence: Patriotic Transhumanist Propaganda
0

TV Show Intelligence: Patriotic Transhumanist Propaganda

by

My husband watches the new TV show Intelligence starring Josh Holloway (previously Sawyer from Lost) as Gabriel, a man with a rare genetic mutation (or some such) that allowed the U.S. government to put a chip in his brain. This chip gives Gabriel unlimited access to the Internet directly into his consciousness. As an agent […]

FDA Considers Allowing Genetically Modified Children
7

FDA Considers Allowing Genetically Modified Children

by

This week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) met to discuss allowing the creation of human beings with three genetic parents to proceed to clinical trials. That is, whether to allow human “three-parent embryos” to be implanted and possibly grow to term. There are currently two different techniques for manufacturing three-parent embryos, the purpose of […]

Pro-lifers Host Rome Conference Celebrating John Paul II
0

Pro-lifers Host Rome Conference Celebrating John Paul II

by

C-FAM and the Alliance Defending Freedom are hosting a conference in Rome to explore and celebrate the contribution of Pope John Paul II to the pro-life debate at the UN and his work in establishing a global pro-life movement. The conference comes during the weekend of the canonization of John Paul II as a saint […]

Get Ready for a Busy 2014 in Bioethics
0

Get Ready for a Busy 2014 in Bioethics

by

My taskmasters at the CBC never allow me to rest on my laurels. Fresh off several years of stellar prognosticating, I am now forced to answer the question: “But what have you predicted, lately?” Okay, let’s take a look. Oh! Oh my. Please remember, the following predictions are what I see happening. They do not […]

Eugenics Still Coercive and Devoid of Real Compassion
0

Eugenics Still Coercive and Devoid of Real Compassion

by

Today more and more people are whole-heartedly embracing eugenics. They probably don’t know it as eugenics, but every time a human life in the womb or in the lab is cut short because his or her genetics is not up to snuff, that is undoubtedly eugenics. Many associate the eugenics of old with a lack […]

My Predictions in Bioethics Right Again!
0

My Predictions in Bioethics Right Again!

by

Can you believe a year has come and gone since I last told you what would happen, before it happened, in bioethics? Maybe it’s my increasing age, but time is passing too fast! So, how did I do? Not as well as in years past, but still an A-. Let’s take a look: The Affordable […]

Socially Polite Child Abuse
1

Socially Polite Child Abuse

by

Most Americans do not think of abortion as child abuse. But as Mother Teresa once said, “Any country that accepts abortion is…teaching its people…to use any violence to get what they want.” I would add that not only does abortion teach people the palatability of violence, it persuades people to lie to themselves. Self-deception has been gripping […]

More Media Stem Cell Confusion
0

More Media Stem Cell Confusion

by

After my many years of writing about stem cell research, I am still shocked when the media get the facts horribly wrong. I guess that comes from the assumption that to report the news, one must actually understand the subject matter. After last month’s confusion over whether research that produced mini-kidneys in the lab used […]

Mini-Kidney Likely Grown from Embryonic Stem Cells, Not Skin Cells
0

Mini-Kidney Likely Grown from Embryonic Stem Cells, Not Skin Cells

by

Ever since the dawn of embryonic stem cell research, the media has rarely gotten the facts straight. Either the reporter is unaware of the scientific and moral differences between adult and embryonic stem cells or he has an agenda to push. Some news outlets were so bold as to call embryonic stem cells “early” stem […]

Stem Cell Funding Shifts Toward Ethical Research
0

Stem Cell Funding Shifts Toward Ethical Research

by

I have always said that if you want accurate information about stem cell research and its possibilities, you should be reading the business section. Anything else is probably misleading, hyped or even flat out lies. In other words, follow the money. The money will tell you what is truly promising research. The money is painting […]

Good News About Down Syndrome
1

Good News About Down Syndrome

by

It was one of the most heartwarming moments of the 2013 baseball season. On April 18, after a pep-talk from his “best friend and greatest batboy,” Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier ripped a two-run homer to center field off John Maine, extending the Reds lead to 11-1 over the Miami Marlins in the sixth […]

FDA Mulling Three-Parent Embryo Creation
0

FDA Mulling Three-Parent Embryo Creation

by

While some European ethicists and politicians have called for an end to the creation of “three-parent” IVF embryos, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced it is considering allowing the practice – without having held a public consultation. Researchers say that the technique “modifies standard IVF technology” to create an embryo from the eggs of […]

African Girl Brought to UK for Organ Harvesting
0

African Girl Brought to UK for Organ Harvesting

by

This is so horrific and evil that it almost defies reason. Officials have rescued a girl from Somalia that was brought to the UK to harvest her organs. They are sure that this is not an isolated incidence. The Telegraph has the story: The unnamed girl was brought to the UK from Somalia with the […]

Technology as Savior
1

Technology as Savior

by

I worry for young people these days. I know every generation says that about the one that follows, but today’s youth may face a world where simply being human won’t be good enough. Augmentation may be required to participate in society. A cyber-brain here, a bionic limb there with some genetic engineering and a few […]

Now is the Time to Stop Three-Parent IVF
0

Now is the Time to Stop Three-Parent IVF

by

The UK rubber stamp Embryo Authority has approved the manufacture of three-parent human embryos. The process is done by removing the nucleus from the egg of one woman, putting it into the enucleated egg of another, and then fertilizing with sperm. Voila, three biological parents. The approach is supposed to enable women with mitochondrial disease—who […]

Page 1 of 41234