NIH reiterates ban on editing human embryo DNA

by jeeg 30. April 2015 21:08
  The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has reaffirmed its ban on research that involves gene-editing of human embryos. In a statement released on 29 April, NIH director Francis Collins spelled out the agency’s long-standing policy against funding such research and the ethical and... [More]

Chinese Scientists Edit Genes of Human Embryos, Raising Concerns

by jeeg 24. April 2015 21:27
  The experiment with human embryos was dreaded, yet widely anticipated. Scientists somewhere, researchers said, were trying to edit genes with a technique that would permanently alter the DNA of every cell so any changes would be passed on from generation to generation. Those concern... [More]

Fertility Clinics Scan for the Strongest Embryo

by jeeg 15. July 2014 18:48
  Annika Levitt initially resisted the fertility clinic’s suggestion that only one embryo — rather than the usual two or more — be transferred to her uterus because she was too small to risk carrying more than one baby. “You go through all that and you put only one b... [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]

Ethics Questions Arise as Genetic Testing of Embryos Increases

by jeeg 4. February 2014 22:14
Her first thought after she heard the news, after she screamed and made her mother and boyfriend leave the room, was that she would never have children. Amanda Baxley’s doctor had just told her, over a speakerphone in her psychiatrist’s office, that she had the gene for Gerstmann-S... [More]

Genetic screening of unborn babies 'may be inaccurate'

by jeeg 8. June 2012 23:10
New tests for genetic screening of unborn babies will not be 100 per cent accurate and may scare parents into believing their children will be born with a disability when they are healthy, Lord Robert Winston warns.   American experts have developed a blood test which they claim could be... [More]

Stem cell patents ruled illegal in Europe

by jeeg 19. October 2011 21:22
Stem-cell researchers in Europe have been left dismayed by a ruling today outlawing patents on stem cells obtained through destruction of human embryos. Issued today by the European Court of Justice, the region's highest court, the ruling essentially declares illegal patents on stem cells ex... [More]

Pioneer of In Vitro Fertilization Wins Nobel Prize

by jeeg 5. October 2010 00:17
The Nobel prize in physiology or medicine has been awarded this year to Robert G. Edwards, an English biologist who with a physician colleague, Patrick Steptoe, developed the in vitro fertilization procedure for treating human infertility. Since the birth of the first test tube baby, Louise ... [More]

Stem Cell Debate

by jeeg 10. September 2010 23:15
LAST MONTH, Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an injunction barring the federal government from funding research on embryonic stem cells. The judge cited the Dickey-Wicker amendment, which puts off-limits federal dollars for work "in whi... [More]
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