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  • Bobby Jindal: Surrogate motherhood lessens ‘the way we value human life’

    06/03/2014 9:49:58 AM PDT · by topher · 12 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Mon Jun 02, 2014 17:43 EST | Dustin Siggins
    BATON ROUGE, LA, June 2, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- For the second time in as many years, Governor Bobby Jindal has vetoed a bill that would have made it legal to enter into a contract with a surrogate mother in Louisiana. Both vetoes took place despite enormous support in the state legislature. In his veto letter Jindal, who is Catholic and considered a likely GOP presidential candidate in 2016, said he had concerns about "how this legislation impacts the way we value human life."
  • Is this democracy? - 28 EU commissioners veto 2 million strong petition

    05/30/2014 9:33:52 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 3 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | 30 May 2014 | Carolyn Moynihan
    You don’t have to be a Eurosceptic to have issues with Big Europe. Given five years of record unemployment and austerity budgets in Europe, elections for the European Parliament, held last week, were always expected to produce victories for the populist parties that reject the EU and its political values. But the scale of their success – parties described as “far right” gained about one-sixth of the seats in the Strasbourg-based assembly, and a couple polled better than their own governing parties at home -- has given a jolt to the European establishment. Tens of millions of people are...
  • Cardinal 'deeply' troubled by human cloning development

    05/15/2013 4:31:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | May 15, 2013
    Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley of Boston speaks at a press conference for the 2012 USCCB Fall General Assembly. Credit: Michelle Bauman/CNA. Boston, Mass., May 15, 2013 / 02:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley called the successful production of embryonic stem cells by cloning human embryos an “abuse” which ignores the dignity and value of the human person. “The news that researchers have developed a technique for human cloning is deeply troubling on many levels,” the archbishop of Boston, who chairs U.S. bishops' pro-life activities committee, said May 15. “Creating new human lives in the laboratory solely to...
  • Early Dinosaur Embryos Found in China (Jurassic Park Now Possible?)

    04/11/2013 5:19:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Discovery ^ | 04/11/2013 | D. MAZIERSKI
    A site in China contains 190-million-year old organic remains from non-avian dinosaurs and dinosaur embryos, and some of the world’s oldest known eggshells, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Nature, reveals for the first time how dinosaur embryos grew, developed and moved around within their eggs. The organic remains -- collagen discovered in bone -- also fuel hopes that many mysteries about dinosaurs may be resolved in the not-too-distant future. “Our hope is that we may be able to recover collagen from these tissues in the future and do additional analyses,” project leader Robert Reisz...
  • A Nobel winner's moral achievement

    10/12/2012 5:55:11 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-12-12 | William Saletan
    WASHINGTON -- Shinya Yamanaka, a scientist at Kyoto University, loved stem-cell research. But he didn't want to destroy embryos. So he figured out a way around the problem. In a paper published five years ago in Cell, Yamanaka and six colleagues showed how "induced pluripotent stem cells" could be derived from adult cells and potentially substituted, in research and therapy, for embryonic stem cells. This week, that discovery earned him a Nobel Prize, shared with British scientist John Gurdon. But the prize announcement and much of the media coverage missed half the story. Yamanaka's venture wasn't just an experiment. It...
  • Should Christians Adopt Embryos?

    09/22/2012 8:15:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/22/2012 | By Russell D. Moore
    Evangelical Christians, it seems, are adopting embryos at an increasing rate, and the secular media are noticing the trend. Last week, religion journalist Krista Kapralos wrote about the theological and missional underpinnings of born-again believers giving birth to "unused embryos." In a few minutes, I plan to talk to her about whether we should see this as something God calls us to do. I mentioned, awhile back, that I had received some kick-back from someone who opposed any talk of so-called "snowflake adoption," and objected to such an adoption happening in his extended family. How, he wondered, could I support...
  • Komen Also Stops Funding Embryonic Stem Cell Research Centers

    02/02/2012 5:23:48 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Life News ^ | February 1, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    In addition to stopping funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business, Komen for the Cure has also quietly stopped funding embryonic stem cell research centers, another concern for pro-life advocates.As LifeNews reported last July, Karen Malec of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer spent time examining KomenÂ’s 990 Forms for the IRS for 2010 and she found that Komen has active relationships with at least five research groups or educational facilities that engage in embryonic stem cell research, which requires the destruction of unborn children in their earliest days for stem cells that have yet to help any patients.The return showed...
  • Embryonic Stem Cells Still Haven’t Performed Miracles

    11/22/2011 7:25:47 PM PST · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 22, 2011 | IBD staff
    Subsidies: A firm that received tax dollars to pursue embryonic stem cell research abandons what was touted as the most promising avenue of research for medical miracles. Then there's that "conscience thing." When Geron Corp. announced in January 2010 that the first clinical trial using its embryonic stem cells to treat an actual human patient was under way, its stock shot up 6.4%. Geron got the first Food and Drug Administration license to use embryonic stem cells to treat people in a clinical trial, in this case patients with a spinal cord injury. Last week Geron announced that it was...
  • Embryonic cloning experiment blasted by ethicists, scientists

    10/08/2011 10:11:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | October 8, 2011 | Marianne Medlin
    Human embryonic stem cells. Credit: Nissim Benvenisty, Courtesy Public Library of Science (CC BY 2.5) Denver, Colo., Oct 8, 2011 / 06:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent experiment cloning human embryos for potential stem cell use did little to advance a medical breakthrough and violated human life, Catholic experts said in reaction to the news.“The attitudes of the scientists involved,” said Fr. Thomas Berg, head of the Westchester Institute for Ethics and the Human Person, show a “profound disrespect for the goods inherent to natural procreation and a demeaning of human life.”In an experiment publicized Oct. 5 in the...
  • New York Times Touts “Selective Reduction” as a “Half Abortion”

    08/10/2011 2:32:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Life News ^ | August 10, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    As if the new York Times couldn’t sink any further down the hole of warped and twisted pro-abortion activism, the Gray Lady is out with yet another “news” piece that moves the newspaper further beyond the pale.Ruth Pawder is out today with a new story titled “The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy,” that focuses on “selective reduction” – the euphemistic phrase given to name the destruction of one or more unborn children in a multiple pregnancy situation where a mother has more than one baby resulting from an IVF pregnancy involving the implantation of multiple human embryos.The Times never makes it past the...
  • Oxford ethicist: use IVF to create only smart babies

    04/11/2011 8:28:42 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 29 replies
    The Way ^ | Mar 27, 2011 | Amanda Hopkins
    Australian ethicist working at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics claims that humanity has a “moral obligation” to use in vitro fertilization (IVF) to select the most intelligent embryos for the good of society, with the obvious implication that the less intelligent “surplus” embryos should simply be destroyed. Professor Julian Savulescu of Melbourne made the statement while commenting on an economic modeling research paper by Oxford University ethicists Andres Sandberg and Nick Bostrom, who claim that a rise in humanity’s IQ would result in a reduction in poverty, welfare dependency, crowding of jails, school dropout rates, out-of-wedlock births, and...
  • Latest Assault on the Preborn

    09/07/2003 9:59:09 PM PDT · by Coleus · 15 replies · 442+ views
    Latest Assault on the Prebornby William F. JasperEmbryonic stem cell research is neither an acceptable nor an ethical means of scientific discovery but is instead the purely utilitarian, cold-blooded murder of preborn children.‘‘Which one of my children would you kill? Which one would you take?" John Borden pointedly asked the committee members in the packed congressional hearing on July17th. He was holding his twin 9-month-old sons, Mark and Luke, while his wife, Lucinda Borden, held up a photo of the two infants, along with an embryonic sibling who did not survive, as they had appeared on January 31, 2000...
  • Genetically selecting 'gay' embryos?

    01/24/2011 7:15:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 23, 2001 | Drew Zahn
    If two homosexual men want to use in vitro fertilization to conceive a baby and then use genetics technology to ensure the baby is also "gay," while disposing of any "straight" embryos, would the law have any ethical problems with that? America's leading ethicist in the field of human reproduction has written a paper that argues future homosexual couples should have "the right" to do exactly that. John A. Robertson of the University of Texas Law School is the chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and an advocate of what his book "Children of...
  • Spanish Researchers Want to Tag Human Embryos With Bar Codes

    12/20/2010 3:36:46 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10/13/2010 | Loren Grush
    In futuristic movies like "Aliens 2" and "12 Monkeys," prisoners are bar coded for easy identification. But today's reality is even wilder: Scientists have proposed bar-coding embryos. Researchers from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain have just finished testing a method for imprinting microscopic bar codes on mouse embryos -- a procedure they plan to test soon on humans. The venture is meant to avoid mismatches during in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer procedures. But privacy experts and children's rights advocates were instantly concerned by the concept of "direct labeling" of embryos, calling for transparency in the process. “An...
  • Upton's Shocking Votes on Energy-Related Bills

    11/29/2010 8:02:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Human Events ^ | November 29, 2010 | Connie Hair
    This week marks the beginning of the end of the long national nightmare known as the 111th Congress.  Republicans were given a second chance—by default—through a national effort to stop the destructive Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda. House Republicans are poised to begin making the same kind of business-as-usual mistakes that relegated the party to minority status in 2006.  The most glaring example is the looming threat of having Rep. Fred Upton (RINO-Mich.) become chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, despite his liberal voting record, simply because he’s next in line.  If there is one thing voters made absolutely clear...
  • Stem-Cell Fraud

    11/28/2010 5:11:53 PM PST · by raptor22 · 84 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 28, 2010 | IBD staff
    Science: Supporters of California's failed 2004 stem-cell law will ask strapped taxpayers to support another $3 billion bond initiative in 2014. Maybe it's time to restore fiscal sanity as well as science to its rightful place. When it was passed in 2004, Proposition 71, with its $3 billion state fund and 10-year mandate for embryonic stem-cell research (ESCR), held out the promise of imminent miracle cures for everything from spinal disorders to Parkinson's. One campaign ad showed actor Christopher Reeve, aka Superman, asking California voters to "stand up for those who can't." Some six years later, with about $1.1 billion...
  • Subsidizing Questionable Science

    10/07/2010 7:11:26 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 7, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When there is no private sector push for a scientific breakthrough, maybe it is not such a breakthrough after all. “Researchers from the University of Michigan have created the first embryonic stem cell line developed in the state and the line is making news as Detroit hosts the World Stem Cell Summit,” Steven Ertelt reports on LifeNews.com. “However, a pro-life group is disappointed by the news because the obtaining of the cells came at the death of an unborn child.” “Scientist Gary Smith, who derived the line, told the Detroit News that the establishment of the line of human embryonic...
  • Stem Cell Research: Adults Only?

    08/24/2010 6:23:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 24, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Bioethics: A federal judge rules that the administration violated congressional intent when it lifted restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. No, this will not usher in a new dark age. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth was striking enough. Lamberth said that when President Obama lifted Bush administration restrictions on ESCR, he violated the Dickey-Wicker Amendment. First passed in 1996, and passed every year as part of the federal budget, Dickey-Wicker blocks federal funds for stem cell research in which human embryos are destroyed. Perhaps more striking is the press coverage of Lamberth's ruling. The...
  • Salamander's egg surprise - Algae enjoy symbiotic relationship with embryos.

    08/10/2010 12:27:42 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    Nature News ^ | 4 August 2010 | Anna Petherick
    Scientists have stumbled across the first example of a photosynthetic organism living inside a vertebrate's cells. The discovery is a surprise because the adaptive immune systems of vertebrates generally destroy foreign biological material. In this case, however, a symbiotic alga seems to be surviving unchallenged — and might be giving its host a solar-powered metabolic boost. Algae cohabit with salamander embryos in their eggs — and inside their cells.T. LEVIN/PHOTOLIBRARY.COM The embryos of the spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) have long been known to enjoy a mutualistic relationship with the single-celled alga Oophila amblystomatis. The salamanders' viridescent eggs are coloured by...
  • Man Made Limbo (the consequences of IVF)

    03/04/2010 10:40:44 AM PST · by NYer · 32 replies · 500+ views
    NC Register ^ | March 4, 2010 | Matthew Archbold
    God may or may not have created limbo so man, always eager to improve on God’s work, created it. Due to the widespread use of In Vitro Fertilization of which the Church does not approve, hundreds of thousands of “spare” or “extra” embryos now exist in a man-made refrigerated limbo. This is nothing short of a horror. And of course, the natural question that comes to mind is: Can they be rescued? While our instincts to preserve life might make the answer seem easy, it isn’t. According to Church teaching keeping the embryos frozen, implanting them in a woman’s womb,...
  • California's Proposition 71 Failure

    01/12/2010 5:53:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 1,728+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 12, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Bioethics: Five years after a budget-busting $3 billion was allocated to embryonic stem cell research, there have been no cures, no therapies and little progress. So supporters are embracing research they once opposed. California's Proposition 71 was intended to create a $3 billion West Coast counterpart to the National Institutes of Health, empowered to go where the NIH could not — either because of federal policy or funding restraints on biomedical research centered on human embryonic stem cells. Supporters of the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, passed in 2004, held out hopes of imminent medical miracles that were...
  • Dion pregnant with eight-year-old embryo

    08/26/2009 12:52:55 PM PDT · by inflorida · 31 replies · 1,103+ views
    Celine Dion is pregnant with an embryo that was frozen for eight years, her fertility doctor revealed.The singer has revealed she is expecting her second child with husband Rene Angelil - a little brother or sister for the couple's eight-year-old son Rene-Charles.And fertility specialist Dr. Zev Rosenwaks has revealed he implanted an embryo in the 41 year old's womb that had been frozen in liquid nitrogen since the in vitro fertilization that helped her conceive Rene-Charles.
  • Canadian scientist aims to turn chickens into dinosaurs

    08/25/2009 11:04:37 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 69 replies · 2,051+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 08/25/08 | Staff
    After years spent hunting for the buried remains of prehistoric animals, a Canadian paleontologist now plans to manipulate chicken embryos to show he can create a dinosaur. Hans Larsson, the Canada Research Chair in Macro Evolution at Montreal's McGill University, said he aims to develop dinosaur traits that disappeared millions of years ago in birds. Larsson believes by flipping certain genetic levers during a chicken embryo's development, he can reproduce the dinosaur anatomy, he told AFP in an interview. Though still in its infancy, the research could eventually lead to hatching live prehistoric animals, but Larsson said there are no...
  • Lawsuit charges that NIH embryonic stem cell funding policy violates federal law

    08/21/2009 10:10:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 269+ views
    cna ^ | August 21, 2009
    Sam Casey / Dr. David Stevens Washington D.C., Aug 21, 2009 / 06:20 am (CNA).- A federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines for public funding of human embryonic stem cell research was filed on Wednesday. The suit claims the regulations violate a federal law which bars the institute from funding research in which human embryos are destroyed.Plaintiffs in the suit include the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and embryo adoption agency Nightlight Christian Adoptions.  Dr. James L. Sherley, a senior scientist at the Boston Biomedical Research Institute and Dr. Theresa Deisher, founder of AVM...
  • Animal-rights extremism endangers human rights

    08/06/2009 6:31:59 PM PDT · by missycocopuffs · 3 replies · 275+ views
    Stltoday.com ^ | 08/06/2009 | Colleen Carroll Campbell
    When General Electric Co. subsidiary GE Healthcare recently unveiled its plan to use human embryonic stem cells in its drug trials, the company proudly touted one of the plan's potential benefits: Using stem cells derived from the destruction of human embryos may make the experiments on rats unnecessary. "This could replace, to a large extent, animal trials," Konstantin Fiedler of GE Healthcare told a reporter, according to Reuters news agency. "Once you have human cells and you can get them in a standardized way, like you get right now your lab rats in a standardized way, you can actually do...
  • Embryonic Stem Cells 'Obsolete'

    07/16/2009 6:47:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 580+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 16, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Bioethics: The former director of the National Institutes of Health, once an enthusiast for embryonic stem cells, now says their future has "dimmed." So why is the administration bailing out research into such therapies while troubled states like California have committed billions?Aside from creating or saving a few research jobs, the administration's decision to federally fund embryonic stem cell research is, as we've noted, a bailout of bad science. It throws money at an avenue of research that time and adult stem cell progress have passed by. Applauding the administration's move was Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., who echoed the claims...
  • GE subsidiary to use human embryonic stem cells for drug testing (spare lab rats from toxic drugs)

    07/11/2009 6:11:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 699+ views
    cna ^ | July 11, 2009
    London, England, Jul 11, 2009 / 04:09 am (CNA).- GE Healthcare has formed a biotech partnership to develop products based on human embryonic stem cells in hopes that their use will replace lab rats in drug development and toxic drug tests.The British-based medical research subsidiary of General Electric, GE Healthcare on June 30 announced a multi-year alliance with Geron Corporation to have Geron provide GE scientists with an undisclosed amount of human embryonic stem cells.According to CNSNews.com, GE Healthcare has said it hopes testing which uses human embryonic cells will spare lab rats from potentially toxic drug evaluations."This could...
  • Genetic 'MoT' For Disease Free Babies

    06/30/2009 6:04:53 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies · 170+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | June 30, 2009
    Genetic 'MoT' for disease free babies A “genetic MOT” which can help IVF couples screen embryos for hereditary diseases and have healthy babies could be available in the UK within a year. Kate Devlin, Medical Correspondent in Amsterdam 30 Jun 2009 Doctors deny they are 'Frankensteins' bent on creating designer babies. The technique, known as karyomapping, has the potential to spot virtually any inherited genetic disease. It can also pick up chromosomal problems that might lead to Down’s syndrome or prevent pregnancy. Scientific trials are set to begin on the groundbreaking technique, which has been developed by British researchers and...
  • White House (Obama's) War On Science

    06/24/2009 5:16:34 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 10 replies · 1,461+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 24, 2009 | INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
    Science: The president's Council on Bioethics is summarily dismissed when it disagrees on the need for more federally funded embryonic stem cell research. The scientific method doesn't include firing those who disagree with you.Inspectors general are apparently not the only ones to pay for annoying the White House by doing their job. The 18-member council existed to provide the president with advice on the moral and ethical implications of the rapid advances in science and medical research. It exists no more. The council existed to ponder whether we should do something just because we can. Apparently President Obama wanted not...
  • IN THE WOMB: "Extreme" Animal Embryos Revealed

    05/15/2009 7:05:13 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 32 replies · 14,179+ views
    Red Kangaroo: Embryo Outside the Womb?
  • Georgia Passes Nation's First Embryo Adoption Law

    04/04/2009 6:12:59 AM PDT · by truthnomatterwhat · 2 replies · 379+ views
    The Voice magazine ^ | April 4, 2009 | Daniel Becker
    ATLANTA -- By a vote of 108 to 61, the Georgia House sent the nation's first ever embryo adoption bill, HB 388, to the desk of Governor Sonny Perdue for him to sign into law. "We are pleased that we are making headway in our goal of establishing personhood for the pre-born" says Daniel Becker, President of Georgia Right to Life. "Gone are the terms designating the human child at an embryonic stage as property ... devoid of rights." says Becker. The language of the bill stops short of declaring full personhood for the child but does introduce new terms...
  • Rhodes Scholar Bill Clinton Doesn't Understand Basic Biology (VIDEO)

    03/14/2009 11:50:48 AM PDT · by rob88888 · 11 replies · 940+ views
    YouTube via Digg ^ | March 14, 2009 | PoisonVenom
    ProTip: Embryos are *already* fertilized, Mr. President. SRSLY. Google it. Imagine the mainstream media reaction if Sarah Palin or George W. Bush (or any Republican, for that matter) had said something this completely clueless.
  • Isn't It Ironic? (Hussein Gets To Decide Who Is A Human And Who Isn't...)

    03/09/2009 6:01:57 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 23 replies · 568+ views
    Isn't it ironic? 150 years ago, B. Hussein Obama would have been defined as "less than human" by the Democrat party. Today, with the stroke of a pen and to the cheers of most of the Democrat party, he chose to define human embryos as LESS than human, worthy of destruction for the pleasure and profit of men who would use them to get money. Anyone else find that sad?
  • Public Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell research

    03/09/2009 9:39:20 AM PDT · by magdalen · 76 replies · 4,250+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 03-09-09 | Magdalene
    Obama to Sign Executive Order Monday Opening Public Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/mar/09030611.html By John-Henry Westen WASHINGTON, March 6, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - President Barack Obama plans to rescind the Bush policy limiting federal funding for embryo destructive research on Monday. The Bush policy had allowed federal funding for experiments on already existing lines of embryos, but forbade the funds from being used to create new embryos for experimentation. According to news reports, a signing ceremony will take place on Monday at 11 am. Details about the Executive Order are not available, but according to the Washington Post, "proponents...
  • FDA approves first human embryonic stem cell safety trial (3 days after Pres. Bush left)

    02/02/2009 7:07:22 PM PST · by STARWISE · 328 replies · 7,182+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 1-23-09 | Jordan Lite
    Federal regulators have green-lighted the first trial of an embryonic stem-cell treatment in humans. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the go-ahead for Geron Corporation to start a phase I safety trial of its therapy GRNOPC1 for spinal cord injuries, the Menlo Park, Calif.–based company announced today. It first sought permission for the trial four years ago and spent much of the last year trying to satisfy the FDA’s concerns about it. "This marks the beginning of what is potentially a new chapter in medical therapeutics—one that reaches beyond pills to a new level of healing: the restoration...
  • 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...
  • Human embryo-using invention refused EU patent on moral grounds ( WOW! I Can't Believe It!! )

    12/03/2008 10:57:40 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies · 429+ views
    CatholicNewsAgency ^ | Brussels, Dec 3, 2008
    the European Union’s patent office has rejected a patent on the grounds that the application would involve the destruction of human embryos...
  • Scottish cardinal denounces embryo bill, compares legislation to Nazi policies

    10/29/2008 10:49:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies · 254+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | October 29, 2008
    Cardinal Keith O'Brien of Edinburgh, Scotland, has continued his energetic campaign against passage of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) bill, with an open letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown in which the cardinal compares the provisions of the HFE legislation to Nazi genetic policies.
  • ‘Deadly day’ in Britain as House of Commons passes embryo bill (okays animal-human hybrids)

    10/24/2008 1:37:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 631+ views
    CNA ^ | October 24, 2008
    London, Oct 24, 2008 / 04:45 am (CNA).- In what one pro-life leader called a “deadly day in the history of Britain,” the House of Commons on Wednesday approved legislation allowing scientists to create animal-human hybrids for medical research. The bill also allows the creation of “savior siblings” genetically matched to sick siblings and eases access to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) for lesbians and single women by eliminating requirements for clinics to consider a child’s need for a father.The Human Embryology and Fertilization Bill passed by 355 votes to 129, Agence France Presse reports. The bill now heads to the House...
  • Scientists study stem cells from testicles

    10/14/2008 9:46:39 AM PDT · by billorites · 44 replies · 1,908+ views
    CBC.ca ^ | October 8, 2008
    Cells taken from men's testicles seem as versatile as the stem cells derived from embryos, researchers reported Wednesday in what may be yet another new approach in a burgeoning scientific field. The new type of stem cells could be useful for growing personalized replacement tissues, according to a study in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. But because of their source, their highest promise would apply to slightly less than half the world's population: men. Stem cells can give rise to virtually any tissue in the body and scientists believe they may offer treatments for diseases like Parkinson's and diabetes...
  • Stem cells from testicles an option to embryos

    10/08/2008 2:18:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 626+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/8/08 | Seth Borenstein - ap
    WASHINGTON – Cells taken from men's testicles seem as versatile as the stem cells derived from embryos, researchers reported Wednesday in what may be yet another new approach in a burgeoning scientific field. The new type of stem cells could be useful for growing personalized replacement tissues, according to a study in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. But because of their source, their highest promise would apply to only half the world's population: men. Embryonic stem cells can give rise to virtually any tissue in the body and scientists believe they may offer treatments for diseases like Parkinson's and...
  • John McCain opposes the intentional creation of human embryos for research purposes

    09/12/2008 10:04:48 PM PDT · by LibFreeUSA · 106 replies · 367+ views
    JohnMcCain.com ^ | September 13, 2008 | John McCain
    -"As president, John McCain will strongly support funding for promising research programs, including amniotic fluid and adult stem cell research and other types of scientific study that do not involve the use of human embryos". - www.johnmccain.com
  • Once an Embryo…

    06/28/2008 8:46:12 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 107+ views
    catholic exchange ^ | 06.23.08 | Fr. Frank Pavone
    The US bishops have issued a very clear statement on embryonic stem cell research. It does not dwell upon the scientific nuances of the issue, but rather assists the reader to focus on the moral issues involved. The statement is not marked by condemnation, but rather by explanation. It is not a rejection of research or of those who stand to benefit from research, but rather a call to pursue the well being of those very individuals by preserving the moral standards that protect their dignity and that of the rest of us. The statement reminds us that there is...
  • How America came to accept using human embryos for research

    06/28/2008 8:41:48 PM PDT · by Coleus · 12 replies · 192+ views
    Men of Ten ^ | 06.17.08
    How America came to accept using human embryos for research In the ten years since Dr. James Thomson at the University of Madison first procured human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), support for the prospect of using human embryos and fetuses for research purposes has gradually seeped into the American mindset to the point at which it is now broadly tolerated, if not openly endorsed, especially in the political arena, in academia, and certainly within the scientific community. [1] As we continue to advance as a nation into the age of developmental biology there is reason to fear that Americans are...
  • Licence to clone human embryos in Australian closer

    06/07/2008 12:55:22 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 2 replies · 118+ views
    News.com.au ^ | 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...
  • MPs back creation of human-animal embryos

    05/19/2008 3:10:44 PM PDT · by antonia · 3 replies · 110+ views
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk ^ | May 19, 2008 | Mark Henderson and Francis Elliott
    The Times of London May 19, 2008 MPs back creation of human-animal embryos The amendment to ban all admixed embryos was defeated by 336 votes to 176. The prohibition on true hybrids was defeated by 286 votes to 223 Mark Henderson and Francis Elliott British scientists will be allowed to research devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s using human-animal embryos, after the House of Commons tonight rejected a ban. An amendment to the Human Fertilization and Embryology Bill that would have outlawed the creation of “human admixed embryos” for medical research was defeated in a free vote by a...
  • MPs vote against ban on hybrid embryos - Yikes

    05/19/2008 11:55:24 AM PDT · by mykroar · 6 replies · 134+ views
    Sky News ^ | 051908 | Sky News
    MPs have voted to allow the creation of "frankenstein" embyros for research into tackling diseases. In the first of a series of free votes on the most controversial aspects of the Human Fertility and Embryology Bill, 336 MPs voted against the amendment to ban all use of human-animal embryos. Gordon Brown had encouraged members of all parties to halt the amendment and Tory leader David Cameron also voted against it.
  • Gordon Brown backs animal-human hybrids (Support expressed prior to key vote; Video incl.)

    05/18/2008 10:23:48 AM PDT · by Stoat · 6 replies · 132+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | May 18, 2008 | Subhajit Banerjee and agencies
    Gordon Brown backs animal-human hybrids By Subhajit Banerjee and agencies Last Updated: 2:31PM BST 18/05/2008   Gordon Brown today strongly defended the medical use of animal-human hybrid embryos, ahead of a key Commons vote on the issue. The Prime Minister said that stem cell research was an "inherently moral endeavour" and a "profound opportunity" to save and transform millions of lives. "Britain is at the forefront of this research and responsible for much of the worldwide progress," he wrote in The Observer newspaper. The premier supports scientists who want to insert the nuclei of human cells into animal eggs,...
  • Stem Cells Help Rats Recover Function After Stroke (also help diabetes)

    02/20/2008 8:28:41 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 20 replies · 205+ views
    ABC News/Reuters ^ | Feb. 20, 2008 | Will Dunham
    Transplanting brain cells produced from human embryonic stem cells helped fix stroke damage in the brains of rats, according to scientists who hope to test the same thing in people within about five years. Researchers have been looking for ways to repair the brain damage from a stroke, which can cause permanent disability. In a study published on Tuesday, researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine in California reported that treatment involving human embryonic stem cells may be a solution. The transplanted cells helped repair the stroke damage and enabled the rats to recover lost function in front legs weakened...
  • UK IVF Clinics Have Intentionally Killed over One Million Human Embryonic Children

    01/02/2008 3:51:06 PM PST · by wagglebee · 97 replies · 132+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/2/08 | John Connolly
    LONDON, January 2, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Following a UK Parliamentary question, data from a government organization showed that over one million human embryonic children were killed in the UK in the past 14 years as 'waste' embryos from in vitro fertilization (IVF) processes. The acquired data showed that 2,137,924 embryonic humans were created using IVF between 1991 and 2005, but about 1.2m were never used. Scientists killed the embryos who were not deemed strong enough for implantation, and froze those not considered 'waste' embryos. Those that survived the freezing process will die in ten years if not implanted. 'Surplus'...