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  • Dignitas Personae

    12/12/2008 12:06:09 PM PST · by annalex · 32 replies · 716+ views
    The Vatican ^ | 12.12.2008 | The Roman Curia
    Regarding the Instruction Dignitas PersonaeAim In recent years, biomedical research has made great strides, opening new possibilities for the treatment of disease, but also giving rise to serious questions which had not been directly treated in the Instruction Donum vitae (22 February 1987).  A new Instruction, which is dated 8 September 2008, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, seeks to provide some responses to these new bioethical questions, as these have been the focus of expectations and concerns in large sectors of society.  In this way, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith seeks both...
  • Vatican condemns IVF, the Pill (Why is this so surprising alert!)

    12/12/2008 6:09:21 AM PST · by NYer · 366 replies · 2,910+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 12, 2008 | Philip Pullella
    THE Vatican today said life was sacred at every stage of its existence and condemned artificial fertilisation, embryonic stem-cell research, human cloning and drugs which block pregnancy from taking hold. A long-awaited document on bioethics by the Vatican's doctrinal body also said the so-called "morning after pill" and the drug RU-486, which blocks the action of hormones needed to keep a fertilised egg implanted in the uterus, fall "within the sin of abortion" and are gravely immoral. "Dignitas Personae" (dignity of a person), an Instruction of Certain Bioethical Questions," is an attempt to bring the Church up to date with...
  • Clones, Synthetics, Organic Robotoids And Doubles

    11/29/2008 9:17:28 AM PST · by Fennie · 11 replies · 668+ views
    Scientists working in secret got serious about cloning in the early 1960's. Abortions began to be performed wholesale at this time to provide fetal tissue for their cloning work. The young generation of Americans are asking, When will cloning of people take place. The answer is that it already has long ago. An article written by Andrew Kimbrell that was placed in many leading daily papers across the U.S. is quite revealing. He comes right up to almost telling people what has been going on.
  • When Nightmares Come True - Human Cloning

    11/21/2008 10:10:17 AM PST · by Fennie · 13 replies · 921+ views
    The Alien Jigsaw ^ | By Katharina Wilson
    In July of 1993, I found myself standing outside at nigth near the entrance to an underground base that was situated inside a mountain. I saw official-looking people and some military personell. A Blonde being with dark brown eyes said to me: "Your Government is performing human cloning experiments. Men and women are being cloned and experimented on. When the experiments are over the clones are used for prostitution by the scientists, the government people, and the military personnel.
  • Opinion: President - Elect Set to Remove Protection of Embryonic Life?

    11/09/2008 10:26:58 AM PST · by tcg · 42 replies · 185+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 11/10/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    So, with the stroke of a pen human embryos would become property, capable of being “manufactured” like a commodity, and available to be used as spare parts in experimentation which has produced no discernible scientific results. It is all even more troubling because adult stem cell research and fetal chord blood research have actually shown significant promise but have received little or no attention or research support. Most importantly, the use of these stem cells is never deadly. Every so called “extraction” of embryonic stem cells kills a living human embryo. I write as a Catholic Christian who warned of...
  • Cloned Mammoths Made More Likely by Frozen Mice

    11/07/2008 4:00:13 AM PST · by Renfield · 6 replies · 514+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11-05-08
    Jurassic Park? Still not close to being real. But cloned woolly mammoths just became more possible, thanks to Japanese researchers who announced Monday that they'd cloned dead mice that had been frozen for 16 years. When animal tissue freezes, cell walls burst and the DNA inside the cell nuclei can be seriously damaged. Because of that, most scientists had assumed it'd be impossible to get any good DNA from the thousands of frozen mammoths thought to still lie in Siberian permafrost. The Japanese team figured, however, that the high concentration of sugar in brain tissue might preserve DNA. So they...
  • Phrase Not Found - Debate omissions.

    10/14/2008 6:13:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 559+ views
    National Review Online ^ | October 14, 2008 | John J. Pitney Jr.
    October 14, 2008, 6:20 a.m. Phrase Not FoundDebate omissions. By John J. Pitney Jr. Tomorrow night, John McCain and Barack Obama debate for the last time. After two presidential debates and one vice presidential debate, what is left for moderator Bob Schieffer to ask?  Plenty. Transcripts of the previous debates are online. Thanks to the “Find” function of web browsers, it is simple to search for words and phrases appearing in questions and answers.  (Technical hint: Firefox is better on this score than Explorer.) It’s also easy to find out which terms have not yet come up at all....
  • "I Pressed the Wrong Button:" Obama Explains Vote to Allow Human Cloning

    09/28/2008 11:58:41 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 59 replies · 1,944+ views
    The Husaria: For Our Freedom and Yours ^ | 9/28/08 | Winged Hussar 1683
    "Obama said oops on 6 state Senate votes by Peter Wallsten" reports, During his eight years in state office, Obama cast more than 4,000 votes. Of those, according to transcripts of the proceedings in Springfield, he hit the wrong button at least six times. ...Obama was the lone dissenter on Feb. 24, 2000, against 57 yeas for a ban on human cloning. "I pressed the wrong button by accident," he said. Now imagine this buffoon in the Oval Office: OOPS! I PRESSED THE WRONG BUTTON!
  • Clones' offspring may be in US food supply

    09/21/2008 2:53:24 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 7 replies · 221+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 2, 2008 | Christopher Doering
    - Food and milk from the offspring of cloned animals may already have entered the U.S. food supply, the Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday, but it would be impossible to know because there is no difference between cloned and conventional products. The FDA said in January meat and milk from cloned cattle, swine and goats and their offspring were as safe to eat as products obtained from traditional animals. Before then, farmers and ranchers had followed a voluntary moratorium that prevented the sale of clones and their offspring. "It is theoretically possible" offspring from clones are in the...
  • Is woman with cloned pups the '77 kidnapper of LDS missionary?

    08/08/2008 10:35:51 AM PDT · by Sleeping Freeper · 17 replies · 113+ views
    Deseret News ^ | 8/8/08 | Dennis Romroy
    A former beauty queen whose obsession with an LDS Church missionary made international tabloid headlines 30 years ago appears to be the same woman who had her dog cloned in South Korea this week. In 1977, Joyce McKinney, a one-time Brigham Young University drama student and Miss Wyoming-World, was accused of kidnapping and raping a missionary in England. It came to be known worldwide as the "Mormon sex-slave case." This week news media reported that a woman named Bernann McKinney sold her house to pay a South Korean company $50,000 to clone a litter of puppies using frozen DNA from...
  • Dog-cloner denies being Joyce McKinney of the 'Morman sex-slave' case

    08/07/2008 9:07:27 AM PDT · by JRochelle · 9 replies · 484+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 08/07/2008 | Tom Peterkin
    Memories of an alleged kidnapping in 1978 that became universally known as the 'Mormon sex-slave case' were stirred following the appearance of Bernann McKinney on television screens and in newspapers around the world with the five pit bull puppies that were cloned from her much-loved dog Booger's frozen DNA. Reports from Seoul, explaining that Ms McKinney had paid Ł25,000 for the procedure to create five genetically identical replicas of her pet in the first transaction of its kind led to furious speculation about her true identity. To those who remembered the sex slave scandal, Ms McKinney's face looked familiar. The...
  • US Doctors Kill Skin Cancer With Cloned T-Cells

    06/18/2008 8:04:26 PM PDT · by kellynla · 40 replies · 135+ views ^ | Jun 18, 2008 | staff
    US doctors have for the first time successfully treated a skin cancer patient with cells cloned from his own immune system, a study released Wednesday showed. The ground-breaking treatment for advanced melanoma, or skin cancer, led to a long remission for the patient and used his own cloned infection-fighting T-cells, said doctor Cassian Yee, the lead author of the study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Yee and his associates from the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle removed CD4+ T-cells, a type of white blood cell, from a 52-year-old man whose melanoma had...
  • Licence to clone human embryos in Australian closer

    06/07/2008 12:55:22 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 2 replies · 118+ views ^ | 6/8/08 | Sueellen Hinde and Fiona Hudson
    AUSTRALIA'S first licences to clone human embryos could be granted as early as this week. A National Health and Medical Research Council panel met in Canberra on Friday to consider applications from two separate research groups. The green light for the controversial science could lead to a cure for such afflictions as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases and type 1 diabetes in less than 10 years. A Monash University team and another based at the Melbourne lab of the Australian Stem Cell Centre have each partnered with Sydney IVF to submit licence requests. The teams want permission to create cloned...
  • Commentary: Fatherless Children, the Raelians, and the British Parliament

    05/21/2008 7:13:30 PM PDT · by tcg · 127+ views
    Catholic online ^ | 5/22/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The news out of England is discouraging. Single women and lesbian partners will soon stand in the legal same place as fathers with the deletion of four words from British legislation called “The Human Fertilization and Embryology Bill”. The Bill had language in it which had been applied at fertility clinics to encourage two- parent, opposite sex families. Putting aside all of the vitally important moral issues of anyone ever even using a “fertility” clinic, and the horrid truth of the killing of the “spare” “embryos” which are “manufactured” in the IVF process, I write this commentary to address just...
  • Proposed human-animal hybrid embryo ban fails in UK

    05/20/2008 6:37:11 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies · 104+ views
    CNA ^ | 5/20/2008
    London, May 20, 2008 / 05:26 pm (CNA).- Despite criticism that the research techniques involved are unethical and overhyped, British lawmakers on Monday defeated a proposal to ban the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos for medical research. The House of Commons is considering amendments to the Human Embryology and Fertilization Bill, which will affect regulations of embryonic research and artificial reproduction. The proposed amendment to outlaw the creation of hybrid embryos was defeated by 336 to 176 votes, according to Agence France Presse. Human-animal hybrid embryos are created by inserting the nucleus of a human cell into an animal egg....
  • Vote Against Embryonic Cloning Seen as Sign of Shifting Debate

    05/11/2008 10:04:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 181+ views ^ | May 08, 2008 | Patrick Goodenough
    In what could signal a further shift in the global stem cell debate, lawmakers in an Australia state have rejected legislation allow the cloning of human embryos for research purposes. This week's vote in the Western Australia capital, Perth, is believed to be one of the first times the embryonic cloning issue has been considered by a legislature anywhere in the world since reports of a major research breakthrough last November prompted new questions about the need to use embryos at all. The issue will be under discussion on Capitol Hill again on Thursday, when a health subcommittee of the...
  • Missouri Measure to Close Loopholes on Human Cloning Won't Make Ballot

    05/04/2008 11:36:11 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 57+ views ^ | 5-2-2008 | Steven Ertelt
    Jefferson City, MO ( -- A measure that responds to the 2006 Amendment 2 proposal Missouri voters narrowly approved will not make the ballot this November. The measure would prohibit somatic cell nuclear transfer, a type of human cloning practice used by scientists to create and kill human beings for research purposes. It is designed to close a pro-cloning loophole in Amendment 2 that opponents hard warned would lead to human cloning. On Friday, the Missouri Court of Appeals ruled that part of Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s ballot summary was “insufficient and unfair.” Carnahan released the ballot summary in...
  • Therapeutic Cloning for Parkinson’s Works in Lab Mice

    03/25/2008 9:22:42 AM PDT · by knittnmom · 2 replies · 143+ views
    MedHeadlines ^ | 3/24/08 | MedHeadlines
    Researchers at Memorial-Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) have announced a very promising development in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. They’ve used a process called somatic-cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) in laboratory mice, which led to neurological improvement deemed successful in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The research team expressed hope for further studies that might lead to similar cures in humans and in other diseases that affect other organ systems. SCNT works in mice with Parkinson’s diseaseSCNT, also known as therapeutic cloning, involves a process of manipulating the nucleus of a cell and transplanting it back into the subject, thereby bypassing the...
  • Dog's skin cells depart Sioux City for cloning attempt in Korea

    03/04/2008 4:52:17 AM PST · by kanawa · 10 replies · 124+ views
    Sioux City Journal ^ | March 04, 2008 | Molly Montag
    SIOUX CITY -- It's a safe bet the passengers flying out of Sioux Gateway Airport this weekend didn't realize they were in the presence of what scientists hope will be the world's first commercially cloned dog. That's probably because the future canine -- set to be cloned from a pit bull named Booger -- was only four vials of skin cells carefully packaged inside an innocuous looking beige canister. The canister should be in Korea by now, but the journey started Friday in Siouxland when Jin Han Hong, Ph.D., of RNL Biostar Inc., picked up the vials from storage at...
  • Minnesota House Panel Backs Measure Promoting Tax-Funded Human Cloning

    02/15/2008 1:34:05 AM PST · by rhema · 4 replies · 253+ views ^ | February 14, 2008 | Steven Ertelt
    A Minnesota House panel approved a measure on Thursday that concerns pro-life advocates because it would approve and fund human cloning and the killing of human embryos at the University of Minnesota. The panel voted 11-8 for the Kahn–Cohen Cloning Bill that would force taxpayers to fund destructive research. A leading pro-life group told that the bill promotes the destruction of human life on a scale never before seen in Minnesota, and also requires university scientists to kill all cloned human beings or face felony charges. “This is the most shocking and dangerous threat to human life in years,”...