embryo

Breaking News: “Scientists create a part-human, part-pig embryo”

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The Washington Post is reporting that scientists have for the first time created an embryo that is part human and part pig. The long-term goal is to provide organs for transplant, given that the need for organs always runs well ahead of the availability of organs. Such a hybrid or chimeric embryo raises many, many […]

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We Don’t Yet Fully Understand all of the Implications

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NPR recently ran an article on the latest developments in the area of “three-parent embryos.” Such embryos are being created in an effort to help those who carry a genetic defect in their mitochondrial DNA. The article is a long and at times technical read, but the upshot is that there is much scientists do […]

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Frozen Souls

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Last week on her personal Facebook account, Jennifer posed the question, “What’s going to be the fall-out from the human social experiment of embryo donation and adoption?” A healthy discussion followed in the comments to her post. People weighed in to emphasize strong pro-life principles, cautions about lessons that should be learned from the history […]

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When Liberal Politics Get in Way of Scientific Facts

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Here we go again. The New York Times publishes an op/ed piece claiming that beliefs get in the way of accepting science–naming the usual suspects, e.g., human-caused global warming and evolution. Boring! We’ve seen the same article written so many times. But there is some truth to be found in the article. From, “When Beliefs and […]

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Junk Science Attack on When Human Life Begins

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Utter drivel. The left is trying to prove the GOP to be “anti-science.” As part of that effort, Amanda Marcotte, writing in Salon, makes another in the ongoing attempts among liberal media types to disprove the truth of Mark Rubio’s assertion that human life begins at fertilization—-which is what Rubio meant when using the popular […]

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Cloning Succeeds Using Destroyed Embryos

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I have long believed and argued that stem cell research is merely the opening stanza of a longer planned biotechnological symphony. What “the scientists” are really after is a reliable way to conduct human cloning. Without cloning, and you might get effective medical treatments from all kinds of stem cells–both ethical and unethical. With cloning, it […]

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FDA Moving Toward OK for 3-Parent Embryos

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An experimental technique for creating embryos with three biological parents appears to be moving toward an okay from the FDA. Ostensibly to prevent mitochondrial disease, the experiment would use one genetically modified egg (with the nucleus from another egg), and sperm to create a new human life via IVF. Now, an FDA committee is holding hearings […]

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How to Offend 101: CIRM Awards Prize to Poem Equating ESCR With Words of Jesus at the Last Supper

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Hubris and arrogance have no limits for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine — as I have often shown. But utter cluelessness? Anyway, here’s the story: To promote stem cell awareness, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine held a poetry contest. One of the two […]

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