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  • Exclusive: World’s first baby born with new “3 parent” technique

    09/28/2016 7:26:00 AM PDT · by plain talk · 42 replies
    New Science ^ | Sep 27, 2016 | Jessica Hamzelou
    It’s a boy! A five-month-old boy is the first baby to be born using a new technique that incorporates DNA from three people, New Scientist can reveal. “This is great news and a huge deal,” says Dusko Ilic at King’s College London, who wasn’t involved in the work. “It’s revolutionary.” The controversial technique, which allows parents with rare genetic mutations to have healthy babies, has only been legally approved in the UK. But the birth of the child, whose Jordanian parents were treated by a US-based team in Mexico, should fast-forward progress around the world, say embryologists.
  • Abort, Euthanize, or Get Out of Medicine

    09/26/2016 8:20:30 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | September 23, 2016 | Wesley J. Smith
    Abort, Euthanize, or Get Out of Medicine Bioethics discourse aims to change the practice of medicine and the thrust of public policy — usually not for the better. As I have been noting, the field is increasingly targeting the right of doctors to refuse to perform an abortion, euthanize patients, and perform other procedures or issue prescriptions that violate their religious beliefs.A bit ago, I discussed a “consensus statement” on this issue in Practical Ethics, published by Oxford. Now, two internationally influential bioethicists — Jualian Savulescu and Udo Schuklenk — join forces to advocate that society legally coerce doctors to kill. First, they deconstruct medical...
  • Vermont doctors push back against assisted-suicide requirement

    07/22/2016 2:51:26 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Megynkelly.org ^ | July 21, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Vermont doctors and health care professionals are pushing back against an interpretation of state law that they say requires them to help kill patients who wish to die. Members of two medical groups, the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare and Christian Medical & Dental Associations, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against officials in two state medical agencies responsible for the interpretation. The lawsuit says these agencies have interpreted a 2013 physician-assisted suicide law, Act 39, in a way that would require health care professionals to counsel terminally ill patients about the option to commit suicide. Additionally, under such an interpretation...
  • Professor who donates sperm in city bathrooms has sired 22 kids

    06/12/2016 4:46:53 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 24 replies
    NYPost ^ | June 12, 2016
    On a busy night last week at the Target on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, Ari Nagel, 40, emerged from the men’s bathroom looking a little flushed and quite pleased with himself. “It’s better when it’s fresh,” he told them. “It” is Nagel’s semen, and it’s in demand. The 6-foot-2 CUNY Kingsborough math professor has served as a sperm donor for dozens of locals, siring 22 kids over the past 12 years with 18 women of various backgrounds.
  • Assisted suicide:New California law to take effect June 9

    06/09/2016 3:00:08 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 48 replies
    KPCC ^ | March 10, 2016 | Paul Glickman
    http://www.scpr.org/news/2016/03/10/58421/assisted-suicide-new-calif-law-to-take-effect-june/ Assisted suicide:New California law to take effect June 9. Fourth state in the US with such a law.
  • American scientists create chimeras: half-human, half-animal embryos

    05/23/2016 1:46:51 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 46 replies
    Ibtimes ^ | May 23 2016 | Ibtimes
    Researchers in the US are creating half-human, half-animal embryos to help save lives, particularly people with a wide range of ailments. The embryos create better animal models to study the occurrence of human diseases and its progression
  • In Search For Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal And Human

    05/18/2016 4:48:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    npr ^ | 05/18/2016 | Rob Stein
    A handful of scientists around the United States are trying to do something that some people find disturbing: make embryos that are part human, part animal. The researchers hope these embryos, known as chimeras, could eventually help save the lives of people with a wide range of diseases. One way would be to use chimera embryos to create better animal models to study how human diseases happen and how they progress. Perhaps the boldest hope is to create farm animals that have human organs that could be transplanted into terminally ill patients. But some scientists and bioethicists worry the creation...
  • New York State Legislature Considering Assisted Suicide

    05/17/2016 3:54:07 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 20 replies
    http://aleteia.org ^ | 05/17/2016 | John Burger
     Share  Tweet   Print New York State lawmakers have combined two previous assisted suicide bills into the Medical Aid in Dying Act, and proponents boast that there are a number of safeguards. But a pro-life leader in the state is warning of the safeguards that are not in the bill. “There is no requirement for counseling for possible clinical depression causing impaired judgment. Most people considering suicide are depressed — it is a cry for help,” said Kathleen M. Gallagher, director of pro-life activities for the New York State Catholic Conference. “There is no requirement for family...
  • SHOCK: Scientists Grow Human Embryos for 14 Days So They Can Conduct Experiments on Them

    05/04/2016 5:30:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | May 4, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    A shocking new report indicates scientists have found a way for human embryos to live outside the womb for 14 days, which is a record, so they can be experimented on for a longer period of time. Leading pro-life advocates are outraged that scientists would specifically create unique human beings to purposefully experiment on and later destroy just for research. They are worried scientists will continue creating more unborn human people who will be subjected to research for a longer duration of their embryonic life. In a piece made public today, commentators Insoo Hyun, Amy Wilkerson, and Josephine Johnston encourage...
  • A higher standard than for cats and dogs

    01/02/2016 8:44:27 PM PST · by Coleus · 25 replies
    Catholic Citizens ^ | 12.23.15 | Father Tad Pacholczyk
    A higher standard than for cats and dogs Sometimes people will point out: "We euthanize our pets when they suffer, and they are clearly creatures of God, so why can't we euthanize a sick and suffering person who wants it? It seems like we treat our dogs and cats better than we treat our suffering family members." The way we treat animals, however, should not be the measure of how we treat fellow human beings. We keep animals as pets, but we don't do the same with humans. We use animals to make clothing and food, but we don't do...
  • Brave New World: Group Increases Pressure for Genetically Modified Embryos (US, next)

    09/16/2015 2:46:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aletelia ^ | September 16, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    An influential UK-based bioethics organization is putting pressure on the British government to legalize the genetic modification of embryos, the BBC reported.The Hinxton Group, an international consortium on stem cells, ethics and law, says that editing the genetic code of early stage embryos is of “tremendous value” to research, with promises of cures for now-incurable diseases.The group warned, though, that at this stage in the research, genetically modified babies should not be allowed to be born, though it may be “morally acceptable” under some circumstances in the future.If that sounds like too much of a “brave new world” to you, read on....
  • Peter Singer ‘disinvited’ over infanticide interview

    06/22/2015 7:47:05 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 14 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 6/22/15 | Michael Cook
    Peter Singer is in hot water in Germany again over his controversial views.The Australian utilitarian philosopher began his royal progress through Europe well. In late May he added another two honorary doctorates -- from the Universities of Athens and of Bucharest -- to his extensive collection of awards and distinctions. From there he went to Berlin to receive the inaugural “Peter Singer Prize for Strategies to Reduce the Suffering of Animals”. He was introduced in glowing terms by Maneka Gandhi, Indian Minister of Women and Child Development, who is president of People for Animals in her own country. A German...
  • University Recruits Teens to Abort Their Babies in Name of “Scientific Research”

    04/25/2015 4:52:50 PM PDT · by kindred · 26 replies
    http://christianpatriots.org ^ | April 25, 2015 | KRISTAN HAWKINS
    Oxytocin is that feel good hormone that bonds a child to his or her mother. But never mind that. Researchers in Hawaii are recruiting girls as young as 14 to participate in second trimester abortions, where the preborn baby is 18-24 weeks gestation, in order to test whether or not oxytocin can reduce bleeding in mothers during and after abortion. The study is being conducted by the University of Hawaii and the University of Washington in Seattle – both public universities, which leads to the obvious question: is the government funding this study? A second trimester abortion is at least...
  • Woman Gives Birth to Her Brother and Sister After Parents Ask Her to be Their Surrogate

    04/10/2015 3:57:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    Life News ^ | April 9, 2015 | SARAH ZAGORSKI
    In the United Kingdom, Ellen Brown was asked by her mom, Jenny Dias, and stepdad Tony to act as surrogates so they could have a baby. In 1990, Jenny split from Ellen’s dad and met Tony two years later. She informed him that she underwent a hysterectomy and couldn’t have any more children. Jenny said, “Tony accepted it very well and wanted our relationship more than children.”However, as their wedding day grew closer they discussed surrogacy. Jenny said, “I wanted to be genetically connected to Tony’s offspring — so I didn’t want to do it with anyone but Ellen.”...
  • Notre Dame Bioethicist Foresees Manufactured Sperm and Eggs--Soon

    03/26/2015 1:46:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 26, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    ROME — It won't be long before two women can have a baby of their own, with no biological contribution from a man at all. So says Carter Snead, director of the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. Snead, who once served as general counsel to the President's Council of Bioethics under George W. Bush, said that at the current rate of developments in reproductive technology, sperm and eggs may soon be created from human skin cells. But it doesn’t have to be this way, says Snead, who together with the Center is trying to re-inject...
  • Paging Dr. Frankenstein! Human head transplant possible in just two years

    02/27/2015 1:49:52 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 26 replies
    catholic.org ^ | 2-27-2015
    According to Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero, from the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, the Frankenstein-style procedure to graft a living person's head on to a donor body will soon be available. The surgery is intended to help extend the lives of people who have suffered degeneration of the muscles and nerves or those who have advanced cancer. Canavero plans to announce the project at the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgeons conference in Annapolis, Maryland, in June. The doctor published a paper on the technique that he will use in the Surgical Neurology International journal this month. In the procedure,...
  • The Dangerous Mind of Peter Singer

    01/08/2015 7:27:16 PM PST · by Coleus · 20 replies
    First Things ^ | 6.22.11 | Joe Carter
    Bespectacled, balding, and thin, the Australian scholar Peter Singer has the looks of a stereotypical college professor. You would never be able to tell simply by his unassuming persona that his mind holds some of the most controversial ideas in American academia.  Singer has spent a lifetime justifying the unjustifiable. He is the founding father of the animal liberation movement and advocates ending “the present speciesist bias against taking seriously the interests of nonhuman animals.” He is also a defender of killing the aged (if they have dementia), newborns (for almost any reason until they are two years old),...
  • Infanticide Now “Debatable” in Bioethics

    12/15/2014 4:40:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | December 15, 2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    The late Richard John Neuhaus famously wrote of bioethicists: Thousands of medical ethicists and bioethicists, as they are called, professionally guide the unthinkable on its passage through the debatable on the way to becoming the justifiable until it is finally established as unexceptionable. In my over 20 years engaged in trying to push back against the bioethics movement, I have found that to be an absolutely accurate formula. Take, as one example, dehydrating the cognitively devastated to death–a slow and potentially agonizing death. That was once unthinkable, it became debatable in the 1980s, and is now unexceptional. Allowing infanticide has...
  • Horrifying: Ethicist says abortion after birth is moral

    12/14/2014 8:49:35 PM PST · by Morgana · 33 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Dec 14, 2014 | Kristi Burton Brown
    In an article for the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, a well-known Canadian bioethicist – Udo Schuklenk – argues that aborting a child after birth is moral. Naturally, Schuklenk draws his own arbitrary lines as to when after-birth abortion is moral. He says that when a baby’s life contains “overwhelming pain and suffering,” it would be a moral choice. Schuklenk thinks that even future overwhelming pain and suffering should be considered, not just what a baby might currently be dealing with. And in a horrifying pro-choice statement, Schuklenk writes: The parents should be able to freely decide on what...
  • Mother Wins Case to Kill Her Disabled Daughter

    10/29/2014 12:02:10 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 45 replies
    Life News ^ | 10/29/14 | Cassy Fiano
    (LiveActionNews) — The ethical problems with euthanasia have been detailed at Live Action News extensively. People with disabilities, people suffering from mental illness, people who were just lonely or old but otherwise healthy, even children — all can be euthanized in countries like Belgium and the Netherlands. That’s not good enough for the assisted suicide lobby though, which continues to campaign for the right to kill increasingly more people, from the disabled to the poor.This slippery slope is now headed for the United States, with cancer patient Brittany Maynard saying she will kill herself on November 1, and until then,...