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What is Brave New World Really About?

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I’m a huge science fiction fan, and I particularly like works of speculative and dystopian fiction. Some of my favorite, relatively recent books include Oryx and Crake, Snow Crash, and Anathem. Perhaps the most significant dystopian work, however, is Aldous Huxley’s 1932 Brave New World. Indeed, we here at the CBC sometimes use the phrase “Brave […]

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The Parent Trap – Brave New World Style

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Growing up, I can’t even count the number of times I watched the Disney movie The Parent Trap (the original, with Hayley Mills). It’s a cute story about identical twins separated at birth because of their parents’ divorce. In dividing assets in the breakup, each parent took one of the girls. It’s only when the […]

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Lying Their Way to Brave New World

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Apparently the UK government wants to push 3-parent IVF. But fearing an adverse public reaction to genetically modifying progeny, it’s trying to hide what it’s are doing. But some scientists have called foul. From the Independent story: The move, buried within a Department of Health document published last week, is designed to take the sting […]

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This is Huxley’s Brave New World

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UPDATE: This video has really struck a chord. We’ve received many notes on how it has helped people in thinking about (and communicating about) reproductive technologies. This summer I was interviewed by a film crew from Germany for a documentary on reproductive technologies. The documentary has just aired on German TV, and my segment, aptly […]

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Countering Brave New World Thinking

Thank you for your personal interest in the Center for Bioethics and Culture (CBC). I deeply appreciate your commitment to helping make a difference in a world where Brave New World thinking is threatening human dignity. So much is at stake as we are watching many seek to redefine even life itself. The last few […]

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Countering Brave New World Thinking

Thank you for your personal interest in the Center for Bioethics and Culture (CBC). I deeply appreciate your commitment to helping make a difference in a world where Brave New World thinking is threatening human dignity. So much is at stake as we are watching many seek to redefine even life itself. The last few […]

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THE BRAVE NEW WORLD (NEW JERSEY) BILL

Governor McGreevey of New Jersey made the most important decision of his political career on Sunday, when he decided to go through with his publicly stated intention and signed the worst bioethics bill in the world – forced through the NJ legislature by the slimmest of margins by the heavyweight lobbying of biotech interests and […]

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The Sanctity of Life in a Brave New World

A Manifesto on Biotechnology and Human Dignity If you agree with this statement, click here to join with Chuck Colson, James Dobson, Joni Eareckson Tada, Dr. Richard Land, and the other signatories listed above in signing on to the Biotech Manifesto. “Our children are creations, not commodities.”President George W. Bush “If any one age really […]

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Newspeak Comes to the Brave New World

Council Commentary reprinted with permission from the Council for Biotechnology and Policy in Washington DC by Nigel M. de S. Cameron High-Level Deceit Anyone who has been following the cloning debate in Washington, D.C., will not be surprised that those who favor cloning human embryos for experiments have now come up with their Senate bill […]

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The Big Cloning News You Probably Didn’t Hear

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Nearly two decades have passed since the birth of Dolly the sheep, a clone manufactured through a process known as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). Since that time, the prospect of human cloning has been eagerly—or fearfully anticipated—throughout the world. Indeed, in 2004, Korean scientist Huang wu-Suk became generated world headlines when he claimed to […]

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CBC in the News

“O Brave New World That Has Such Romneys In It”San Francisco Chronicle, May 17, 2012“Although gestational surrogates choose to carry another woman’s child, Jennifer Lahl of the Bay Area’s Center for Bioethics and Culture argues that these arrangements frequently involve rich women ‘exploiting’ poor women in countries like India or less affluent women in the […]

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The Veto Heard Round the World

For the first time in his presidency George W. Bush has exercised his right to veto. H.R. 810 would pave the way for more federal funding dollars for human embryonic stem cell research. And this president has said, “Not on my watch”. I support the president’s veto and see this as a necessary and critical […]

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The Veto Heard Round The World

For the first time in his presidency George W. Bush has exercised his right to veto. H.R. 810 would pave the way for more federal funding dollars for human embryonic stem cell research. And this president has said, “Not on my watch”. I support the president’s veto and see this as a necessary and critical […]

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The Veto Heard Round The World

-View video of entire statement by President Bush-Download CBC Press release (PDF)-See press release For the first time in his presidency George W. Bush has exercised his right to veto. H.R. 810 would pave the way for more federal funding dollars for human embryonic stem cell research. And this president has said, “Not on my […]

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A Populist Bioethics Commission?

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Our friend Wesley Smith makes some provocative suggestions for President-Elect Trump to establish a “populist bioethics commission.” The issue is pressing because biomedical technology is way out ahead of our policies: We are entering Brave New World territory, with potentially momentous impact on culture and the concept of family. Human cloning has, with way too […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Can We? Should We? Our Christopher White this week highlighted two ways in which President George W. Bush’s decision — now 15 years ago — to limit federal funding for embryo destructive stem cell research has been vindicated. First, non-embryonic (aka adult) stem cells have proven to be much more powerful and useful that […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Telling the Truth in Colorado Colorado is in the midst of considering whether to approve assisted suicide in their state. Denver NBC affiliate, KUSA (9NEWS), is firm in its commitment to continue calling assisted suicide what it is: assisted suicide. Supporters of assisted suicide prefer that it be called “aid in dying.” But as […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. This Needs to be Read and Shared as Widely as Possible California oncologist and hematologist Dr. Philip Dreisbach writes in the Wall Street Journal as clearly and urgently as I have seen about the perils of physician assisted suicide. He begins by highlighting some of the problems specific to California’s recently enacted assisted suicide […]

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