F.D.A. Weighs Fertility Method That Raises Ethical Questions

by jeeg 26. February 2014 19:47
The Food and Drug Administration is weighing a fertility procedure that involves combining the genetic material of three people to make a baby free of certain defects, a therapy that critics say is an ethical minefield and could lead to the creation of designer babies. The agency has asked a pane... [More]

FDA weighs risks of 3-person embryo fertilization

by jeeg 26. February 2014 19:43
Should doctors be allowed to tinker with genes to produce a healthy baby? That's the question a Food and Drug Administration panel will consider this week when it holds hearings on whether to allow a controversial fertility technique to be tested on women with mitochondrial disease. The field's ... [More]

Genetically Modified Babies

by jeeg 24. February 2014 18:21
An advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administrationis set to begin two days of meetings tomorrow to consider radical biological procedures that, if successful, would produce genetically modified human beings. This is a dangerous step. These techniques would change every cell in the bodi... [More]

FDA Asked to Approve Creation of Genetically Modified Children

by jeeg 21. February 2014 01:23
In a public meeting scheduled for February 25-26, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will consider approval of experiments to produce children by the in vitro fertilization of an egg containing DNA derived from both the intended mother and another woman. Although such large-scale geneti... [More]

Genetic Weapon Against Insects Raises Hope and Fear in Farming

by jeeg 28. January 2014 21:50
Scientists and biotechnology companies are developing what could become the next powerful weapon in the war on pests — one that harnesses a Nobel Prize-winning discovery to kill insects and pathogens by disabling their genes. By zeroing in on a genetic sequence unique to one species, th... [More]

The Era Of Genetically-Altered Humans Could Begin This Year

by jeeg 28. January 2014 21:42
By the middle of 2014, the prospect of altering DNA to produce a genetically-modified human could move from science fiction to science reality.  At some point between now and July, the UK parliament is likely to vote on whether a new form of in vitro fertilization (IVF)—involving DN... [More]

Rounding Up Scientific Journals

by jeeg 14. January 2014 22:38
Scientific Journal publishing reached a low point in November, when the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology retracted a study by Gilles-Eric Séralini and colleagues at Caen University in France. The study, published in November 2012, assessed the effect of feeding rats corn genetically... [More]

Three Biological Parents and a Baby

by jeeg 17. December 2013 19:12
Alana Saarinen sat at the piano, playing smoothly and with feeling. Behind her, plastic toys shared floor space with a book of plays she’d been writing. Her mother beamed. Alana is apparently a normal, well-adjusted 13-year-old. But there is something extraordinary about her — eve... [More]

Do We Need GMOs?

by jeeg 26. November 2013 21:10
Most observers agree that we are facing big obstacles to producing enough food sustainably in coming decades. Issues of distribution and food justice remain paramount, but production must also be adequate, and the huge impact that agriculture has on the environment must be reversed. It is in ... [More]

You Can't Predict Destiny by Designing Your Baby's Genome

by jeeg 11. November 2013 21:41
In the 1997 film "Gattaca," wealthy parents regularly use what's called preimplantation genetic diagnosis to pick children with the most desirable characteristics. Using in vitro fertilization, PGD creates several embryos and then uses the most genetically promising one to attempt a pregnancy.... [More]
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