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Human Cloning is Here!

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The world just changed. An international consortium of scientists have announced that they have successfully cloned human beings using the process that led to Dolly the sheep. They were able to develop four cloned embryos in a dish to the “blastocyst” stage, the point in time when an embryo can be implanted in a uterus […]

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Press Release: New Research Exploits Women and Commodifies Human Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SAN RAMON, Calif. (May 15, 2013) – The Center for Bioethics and Culture (CBC) strongly decries the practice of deriving human embryonic stem cells through cloning because it exploits women for their eggs, it commodifies human life, and it is unnecessary. In the June 6, 2013, issue of the scientific journal Cell, […]

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Buying and Selling Human Embryos

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Methinks human cloning is drawing very near. Elsewhere, I point to growing evidence of this concern. An advocacy article in the New England Journal of Medicine — always on the radical side of bioethical issues — argues for permission to buy and sell “made to order” human embryos. From my piece: But designing the embryo […]

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Made to Order Embryo Commodities Market

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Remember when they said “only” excess embryos would be used in research? It was always bunk, and now an article in the New England Journal of Medicine has called for allowing embryos to be made to order and sold like a corn crop. What would justify this form of nascent human trafficking? From, “Made to […]

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Human Egg Rush

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There’s gold in them thar hills! Ounce for ounce, human eggs are probably the most valuable commodity on the planet, with highly intelligent and beautiful university women offered $50,000 or more for their ova for use in eugenic IVF. If — or better stated, when — human cloning is successfully accomplished, the egg demand will […]

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California Legislation to Pay for Human Eggs for Human Cloning

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NOTE: CBC President Jennifer Lahl is currently in Sacramento to provide testimony against this bill Human cloning is in the wind! Researchers are working diligently to learn how to accomplish such asexual reproduction, as can now be done in many animals, including monkeys. Once that happens, expect the debate over the legality and ethics of […]

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Kansas “Life Begins at Fertilization” Law

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is poised to sign into law a bill declaring that life begins at fertilization. From the Reuters story: Kansas is set to enact one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation which defines life as beginning “at fertilization” and imposes a host of new regulations. Some think this could […]

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Scientists Want to Scavenge Aborted Fetal Eggs

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Scientists are keeping aborted fetal ovaries alive in order to scavenge their eggs. From the Daily News story: Scientists are ready to plunder the ovaries of aborted babies for eggs to use in IVF treatment. Experiments have taken the process almost to completion, it emerged yesterday. They raise the nightmare prospect of a child whose […]

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Caging the Human Cloning Beast

The coming fight over human cloning will make the stem cell debate seem like a day at Disneyland. And it’s coming. Even as you read these words, researchers around the world are striving to lay the claim as the First Human Cloner: One small step for asexual reproduction, one giant leap for Brave New World. […]

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Nobel Prize Scientist Supports Human Cloning

James Watson, the co-discoverer of the DNA double helix demonstrated that just because one is a brilliant scientist, that doesn’t mean he or she is also a good ethicist. And now, we have another example: Sir John Gurdon, who won the Nobel Prize for early work on cloning frogs, has come out in favor of […]

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Objections to Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Vetted

Recently, I was tagged on twitter about a blog post entitled “Pro-Life Objections to Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells.” On a number of occasions, especially when I screen our documentary film Lines That Divide: The Great Stem Cell Debate, I am asked the questions this post raises. That’s when I turn to the various experts CBC […]

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No Patent Pending for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The ruling from the European Court of Justice that prevents patenting embryonic stem cell-derived products is biting. The UK’s patenting authority has stated it will not approve patents of products that result from the destruction of human embryos. From the Out-law.com story: The Intellectual Property […]

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Reprogrammed Skin Cells Treat Huntington’s in Rats

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Good science and good ethics go together like bread and butter. Now, scientists have used cell reprogramming to treat Huntington’s disease — which killed Woodie Guthrie and remains incurable — in rats. From the Michigan Live story: A stem cell treatment investigated for Huntington’s disease […]

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Michael J. Fox Finally Gets Real

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC “Victim celebrities,” Ralph Nader calls them, by which he means, people who have been victimized by an abusive act or policy. They often make the best political activists against it because they bring the principle down to the personal level. But there are also “celebrity […]

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Pluripotent Stem Cells? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Pluripotent Stem Cells

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Yes,the headline is hyperbole, but scientists may be closing in on a method of “direct reprogramming” that could change one type of cell into another without first going through the “stem cell” stage. Specifically, scientists made nerve cells out of skin cells. From the Phys.Org.com […]

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Eggs Made From Stem Cells Will Lead to Mass Human Cloning

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Scientists have announced that they have made mature eggs from ovarian stem cells. They want to fertilize said eggs and experiment on the embryos before destroying them after 14 days. From the Independent story: The first human egg cells that have been grown entirely in […]

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Egg Manufacturing Key to Mass Cloning Agenda

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The human cloning agenda has stalled because of what I call the “egg dearth.” Here’s what I mean: Each try at somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) cloning to manufacture a human being (or, member of the species Homo sapiens, if you prefer) requires a human […]

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Feminists Warn Against Exploiting Women for Eggs in Biotech

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Pro choice and pro life women have come together in coalition to protect women from being exploited for their eggs by Big Biotech. Reason? Women would take all the risks and the companies could make all the money but for the small payments to women […]

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