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  • Embryo Ash Becomes Jewelry

    05/05/2017 3:14:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Women of Grace ^ | May 5, 2017 | SBrinkmann
    The dwindling respect for human life reached a new low this week with the announcement that a jewelry company is now fashioning pendants out of the ashes of “leftover” embryos from in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics.Newsbusters broke this appalling story about an Australian company named Baby Bee Hummingbirds that produces keepsakes for new mothers that contain breastmilk, placentas, teeth, cord stumps, hair, and the ashes of loved ones. The company has now added a new category to the list – “embryo ash.”“It’s special because the embryos often signifying the end of a journey, and we are providing a beautiful...
  • Persons or property? Celebrity embryo lawsuit escalates

    12/06/2016 3:16:40 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    CWR ^ | December 5, 2016 | Anne Hendershott
    Actress Sofia Vergara and her former fiancé Nick Loeb While much of the media ridiculed businessman Nick Loeb when he filed a lawsuit last year to prevent his former fiancée, TV star Sofia Vergara, from destroying the frozen embryos they created together in 2013, sentiment may shift following a disturbing development in the case. In an attempt to show that Loeb is dishonestly claiming to be “pro-life” in his quest to gain custody of the embryonic children the couple created together, Vegara’s attorneys have petitioned a California court to force Loeb to disclose the names of two women who underwent...
  • Modest but Meaningful Protection from Human Embryo Genetic Manipulation

    12/17/2015 5:54:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | December 17, 2015 | David A. Prentice
    Genetically-manufactured babies, gene-manipulated human embryos, human-animal chimeras, human clones—all science fiction, right? No, these various types of laboratory-manufactured human embryos are already reality. Last spring, Chinese scientists announced they had experimented with genetic manipulation of human embryos, and scientists in the U.S. want to join in the experiments, also recently approved in law in the U.K. At a recent Washington, D.C. conference, instead of thoroughly debating the ethical concerns, American, British, and Chinese genetic engineers discussed the "glorious potential" of gene-modified humans seeking ways to further, not hinder, experimentation. The headlong rush ignores concerns for safety, ethics, alternatives, and public...
  • The Tangled Web We Weave When We Artificially Conceive

    07/11/2015 3:40:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | July 10, 2015 | REBECCA TAYLOR
    I have acquaintances that a decade ago decided to adopt some “leftover” frozen human embryos created with in vitro fertilization (IVF). Presuming they were essentially adopting children, the couple first consulted an adoption attorney. Imagine their surprise when he referred them to a property-rights lawyer. In our state, human embryos are considered to be “property,” not people. Back in 2002, a Rand Corp. report revealed that there were 396,526 frozen embryos in the United States. There are certainly many more today, and in many states, these little lives have no more legal worth than a house or a car. This...
  • You Have a Voice Regarding 3-Parent Embryos

    03/24/2015 3:20:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | March 24, 2015
    Our health, a precise equilibrium, may be disrupted by any disease at any given time. Scientific progress has moved beyond the realm of diagnoses and care of disease, and has now entered the new arena of prediction and prevention while still in the embryonic stage of life, in spite of unknown factors and risks. With the advancing technology comes challenges of safety and efficacy, along with ethical and social considerations. The 3-parent embryo or mitochondrial transfer technology ultimately raises one of the greatest questions we will perhaps ever face as voting Catholics. Are we willing to genetically modify humans on...
  • Judge awards frozen embryos to 42-year-old doctor who froze fertilized eggs with boyfriend

    05/20/2014 9:41:13 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 17MAY2014 | Daily Mail reporter
    A judge is siding with a Chicago woman seeking to use frozen embryos to have a child over the objection of her former boyfriend. Karla Dunston was diagnosed with lymphoma four years ago. Knowing chemotherapy would make her infertile, she had embryos frozen before treatment. Her then-boyfriend, Jacob Szafranski, provided the sperm. They broke up a year later and Szafranski changed his mind, leading to a lengthy court battle.
  • Facing Massive Opposition, British Government Halts Three-Parent Embryos

    11/05/2013 3:00:44 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Life News ^ | November 5, 2013 | PETER SAUNDERS
    The legalisation of three parent embryos for mitochondrial disease in Britain has been facing massive opposition all over the world with so little response from Westminster. But an answer to a parliamentary question this week gives the first sign that the government may be pausing to draw breath before implementing the new technique. Apparently they are not going to proceed with three parent children regulations for now but rather have opted for yet another consultation. In response to a Parliamentary question asked this week by Lord Alton Government minster Earl Howe said that the Government will publish draft regulations...
  • Stem cells: Living adult tissue transformed back into embryo state

    09/12/2013 12:22:25 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11 September 2013 | James Gallagher
    The living tissue inside an animal has been regressed back into an embryonic state for the first time, Spanish researchers say. They believe it could lead to new ways of repairing the body, for example after a heart attack. However, the study published in the journal Nature, showed the technique led to tumours forming in mice. Stem cell experts said it was a "cool" study, but would need to be much more controlled before leading to therapies.
  • Madison diocese bans school trips to research center

    09/09/2013 8:53:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    MADISON Children who attend Catholic schools within the Madison diocese wont be taking any more field trips to a renowned research center because it conducts research using embryonic stem cells. The Madison Catholic Diocese, which announced its decision in a letter Thursday, said the research at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery runs counter to Catholic teachings on the sanctity of human life, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. Any plans to have students visit the center should be halted immediately, and alternative, morally acceptable means of meeting the educational objectives should be utilized, wrote Michael Lancaster, the superintendent of Catholic...
  • Baby, or your money back: (CA) fertility doctor mass produces, then sells embryos for $9,800

    11/21/2012 3:26:18 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 21, 2012 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN
    Dr. Ernest Zeringue Davis, CA, November 21, 2012 ( – A doctor in Davis, California is promising a successful IVF pregnancy for just $9,800, with an unheard-of money-back guarantee.  The catch?  Patients will be implanted with someone else’s baby. In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is notoriously expensive.  A single round of IVF averages $12,400, with no guarantee of a pregnancy.  Women wishing to become pregnant using the method must often undergo the procedure repeatedly until they end up with a baby or run out of money, since insurance typically limits how much can be spent on the procedure. Dr. Ernest Zeringue cuts...
  • Evangelicals seek a future for thousands of frozen embryos

    09/11/2012 7:50:56 AM PDT · by AnalogReigns · 2 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 10, 2012 | Krista Kapralos
    The embryo was frozen in liquid nitrogen when Gabriel and Callie Fluhrer found it. They didnt know whether that embryo would grow to be a boy or a girl, or whether it would even grow at all. But to the Fluhrers, it was worth the risk. That tiny collection of cells was a baby, they believed. And if they didnt pluck it from the warehouse where it had been stored since its biological parents decided they didnt need or want it any longer, it was likely to die. If were going to stand against abortion, its not simply picketing a...
  • Bill authorizes prosecution for death of an embryo

    04/24/2012 9:44:43 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 4/24/12 | Tom Humphrey
    NASHVILLE The Senate approved and sent to Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday legislation that allows criminal prosecution for causing the death of "a human embryo or fetus at any stage of gestation in utero." The bill (HB3517) marks the second change in two years to a law that since 1989 had it a crime to cause the death of a "viable fetus." That was changed last year to eliminate the word "viable." Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mount Juliet, the sponsor, said legislators have since learned that, under the scientific definition of a fetus, the term only applies when eight weeks...
  • Euro judges outlaw life-saving embryo stem cell research as immoral

    10/19/2011 2:11:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 116 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 19, 2011 | TAMARA COHEN
    Scientists in Britain face being barred from developing life-saving treatments after a court ruled it is immoral to use embryos to produce stem cells. The European Court of Justice has decreed that patenting any treatment using the cells is commercial exploitation and contrary to morality. Scientists warned the devastating decision will stop pioneering treatments for degenerative diseases such as Alzheimers and Parkinsons being developed in the UK, with potentially catastrophic consequences for the multi-million pound biotechnology industry. But pro-life groups, who argue it is immoral to experiment with embryos to advance medicine, welcomed the ruling. The decision, made unanimously by...
  • The question of embryo adoption is closed: Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro

    08/05/2011 9:35:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 3, 2011 | MONSIGNOR IGNACIO BARREIRO-CARMBULA
    Editor’s Note: In this commentary Msgr Barreiro responds to the statements of Dr. Janet Smith quoted in the August 2nd LifeSiteNews report “Top Catholic ethicists duel over frozen embryo adoption”. Msgr. Barreiro presents his understanding of the correct Catholic moral teaching on this issue. Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro Carámbula, J.D., S.T.D., HLI Interim President FRONT ROYAL, Virginia, August 3, 2011 ( - At a recent debate at Christendom College Prof. Dr. Janet Smith upheld the view that the adoption of embryos could be morally appropriate, in particular if it is undertaken outside the context of in-vitro fertilization. To be realistic,...
  • Scientists build lasers using human embryonic cells

    06/21/2011 7:55:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 20, 2011 | REBECCA MILLETTE
    June 20, 2011 ( – U.S. scientists reported last week they have been able to develop potentially “self-healing” lasers that could be used in the human body for treating diseases such as cancer.  The lasers, however, use human embryonic cells in a controversial experiment that has not yet been approved by the FDA. The experiment findings were published this month in the Nature Photonics journal, by physicists Malte C. Gather and Soek Hyun Yun of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  “This is the first time that we have used biological materials to build a laser...
  • In vitro part of the holocaust of abortion, says Argentinean archbishop

    11/11/2010 6:06:18 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | November 11, 2010
    Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov 10, 2010 / 10:03 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata has criticized in vitro fertilization as a technique that plays with the lives and deaths of thousands and thousands of people. Therefore, he continued, we could call this a new holocaust that is part of the holocaust of abortion.On Nov. 6, during his program, Keys to a Better World, Archbishop Aguer referred to the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Medicine to Robert Edwards, for his efforts to conceive the first child through in vitro fertilization.This belated recognition again raises the issue of the...
  • South Korean Court Rules that Frozen Human Embryos are 'Not Human'

    05/29/2010 5:06:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 165+ views
    Life Site News ^ | SEOUL, May 28, 2010 | Matthew Cullian Hoffman
    Friday May 28, 2010 South Korean Court Rules that Frozen Human Embryos are 'Not Human' By Matthew Cullian Hoffman SEOUL, May 28, 2010 ( - Despite parents' pleas,a South Korean court has ruled that frozen embryos are not living and thus may be experimented upon and destroyed at will. The ruling was issued against a suit filed by the parents of the embryos, as well as eleven other individuals, including philosophers, ethicists, and doctors. In addition, the two embryos themselves were listed among the plaintiffs. The embryos were created for a couple with the surname Nam. A total of...
  • Furious Embryo Researcher Clashes with Pro-Lifers Displaying His Portrait

    04/23/2010 7:39:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 631+ views
    Life Site ^ | April 22, 2010 | Kathleen Gilbert
    IRVINE, California, April 22, 2010 ( - The leader of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform clashed with a prominent embryonic stem cell researcher after the group displayed the researcher's portrait alongside Nazi scientists who experimented on Jews, and images of aborted children, on his home campus.Jill Stanek reported Thursday that Dr. Hans Keirstead, co-director of the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, fumed at CBR's Gregg Cunningham over the display erected at his own University of California, Irvine. CBR visits college campuses across America with its Genocide Awareness Project, a large display featuring images of aborted children which...
  • 3 parent Kids

    04/15/2010 9:49:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 572+ views
    The Sun ^ | April 15, 2010 | EMMA MORTON
    Baby battery ... a mitochondrion UK scientists have created "designer embryos" containing DNA from a man and TWO women. The breakthrough gives hope of healthy children to couples with genetic disorders in their families. It also offers the prospect of eradicating fatal genetic diseases. But the procedure - dubbed three person IVF - sparked controversy last night. Researchers at Newcastle University set out to prevent damaged DNA in mitochondria - the "batteries" that power cells - from being passed on to offspring. Controversial ... kids would have DNA from three peopleRex Features They removed nuclei from the sperm and egg...
  • Imaging Life as It Happens: Researchers Capture Video of Embryonic Heart Before It Begins to Beat

    04/03/2010 9:30:30 AM PDT · by Salman · 14 replies · 808+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Apr. 3, 2010 | Science Daily
    Imagine being able to image life as it happens by capturing video of the embryonic heart before it begins beating. A professor at the University of Houston, in collaboration with scientists at Baylor College of Medicine, is doing just that. Kirill Larin, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering at UH, and his colleagues in the Texas Medical Center are documenting the formation of the mammalian heart through a high-resolution, non-invasive imaging device, providing perhaps the best live imagery taken of the vital organ. "Everything we know about early development of the heart and formation of...