Eugenics lurk in the shadow of CRISPR

by jeeg 22. May 2015 23:28
  IN CALLING THEIR Perspective “A prudent path forward for genomic engineering and germline gene modification” (3 April, p. 36; published online 19 March), D. Baltimore et al. show at once the size of the problem and the modesty of their response to it.  CRISPR-Cas9, inve... [More]

DNA blood test can detect prenatal problems

by jeeg 4. March 2014 00:35
A large new study led by Boston researchers shows that a simple blood test is more accurate than the standard methods to screen for chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome in a fetus, paving the way for a new generation of prenatal genetic tests to be offered to all pregnant women. The re... [More]

Is genetic testing humans playing God?

by jeeg 24. February 2014 18:27
"It's a miracle," she told me. "We can now have a baby that won't have Huntington's disease. I thought I'd never be able to have any kids -- because of the disease." Her father had died from this disorder, which results from a gene mutation. She feared that she might have the mutation, too. But sh... [More]

Connor Levy, Baby Born After 'Next-Generation Sequencing,' May Be The Future Of IVF

by jeeg 10. July 2013 02:38
A baby in Philadelphia is the first to be born with the help of a new technology that experts hope will make it easier for infertile couples to become pregnant, researchers announced Monday at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. Connor Levy arr... [More]

The British Embryo Authority and the Chamber of Eugenics

by jeeg 12. March 2013 21:17
Scene: A laboratory setting. A scientist begins constructing a new individual by combining parts from two different humans. A new part from one or two additional people is then added. At some point, an electric shock is administered. The scientist observes the composite for a few moments, lookin... [More]

Abortions on Disabled Babies: The Prenatal Testing Sham

by jeeg 25. May 2011 23:32
Each year, March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). The date 3/21 was chosen as a representation of the genetic cause of the condition, a triplicate of the 21st chromosome. WDSD seeks to raise awareness of a genetic condition that may very well diminish to the point of disappearing. This ... [More]

Genetics Journal Reveals Dark Past

by jeeg 27. April 2011 21:38
“Three generations of imbeciles is enough," thundered Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., in the 1927 Buck vs. Bellcourt decision, legalizing forced sterilizations nationwide.  A triumph of the "eugenics" movement, which aimed at breeding "better" humans, the decision... [More]

Give teenagers genetic tests to see if they carry incurable diseases that could be passed on to their children

by jeeg 7. April 2011 21:48
Teenagers should be offered gene tests to see if they are carrying incurable diseases that could be passed on to children, official guidelines say. They would be encouraged to undergo screening which would show up any DNA flaws that determine inherited conditions such as cystic fibrosis and D... [More]

Lawmaker advocates eugenics

by jeeg 11. March 2011 20:59
A 91-year-old state representative told a constituent that he believes in eugenics and that the world would be better off without "defective people." Barrington Republican Martin Harty told Sharon Omand, a Strafford resident who manages a community mental health program, that "the world is to... [More]

Simple prenatal genetic tests may lead to healthier babies -- and more abortions

by jeeg 27. January 2011 19:48
If reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis give you the heebie-jeebies, Booster Shots is sorry to inform you that things are about to get a lot more complicated. In just the past month, researchers have made great strides in their ability t... [More]
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