embryos

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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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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Adult Stem Cells Used to Create Human Heart

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Earlier this week scientists announced that they had successfully grown a human heart using stem cells. That in itself is a major development. But to the surprise of many these stem cells did not come from embryos, but rather skin cells, making this not only a major development, but an ethical one too. The ability […]

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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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When Child Custody Battles Move to the Lab

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I have to confess, I hadn’t heard of Sofia Vergara or her ex-fiance, Nick Loeb, until the frozen embryo custody battle broke in the news. For those, like me, who aren’t familiar with these two, Vergara is an actress, mostly known for her role in the TV show Modern Family, and Loeb is a businessman […]

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Now is the Time to Stop Three-Parent IVF

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The UK rubber stamp Embryo Authority has approved the manufacture of three-parent human embryos. The process is done by removing the nucleus from the egg of one woman, putting it into the enucleated egg of another, and then fertilizing with sperm. Voila, three biological parents. The approach is supposed to enable women with mitochondrial disease—who […]

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Award Custody of Embryos in Their Best Interests

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The more we remove reproduction from the normal way of having babies, the more complicated things become. Now, a court is to decide what happens to embryos after a couple splits — as if they are mere property. From the UPI story: An estranged Illinois couple are battling in court over the future of frozen […]

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Frozen Life

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In this new video segment posted on CNN, a family from Iowa decides to grow their family through the adoption of frozen embryos. The couple discusses how excited they were to track their embryos as they were shipped to them before implantation. While two embryos were implanted, to their pleasant surprise they discovered twinning had […]

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Legal Limbo: Frozen Embryos

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Our friends at the Human Life Review include an article by Shirley Darby Howell in the last issue of the Review on the messy world of frozen embryos and their legal statuses. The article is primarily an expose of the current case law where courts are forced to decided how to treat frozen embryos under […]

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Human Cloning Obfuscation 8: A Blastocyst, Not an Embryo

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Embryology text books will tell you that when fertilization is completed, an embryo is formed. That, is, a new individual organism exists — which remains the same organism until death. For scientific purposes, the developmental stages of the embryo are given different names. When it is one-celled, it is a zygote. When it is about […]

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Human Cloning Obfuscation 6: German Style

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I just read an article that is a clear call for Germany to get in on the human cloning game. And as so often happens in this issue, it is filled with scientific inaccuracies — whether by intent or ignorance, I don’t know. First, the article in Deutche Welle, claims that the recent human cloning […]

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The Coming Human Cloning Controversies

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I learned about the first successful human cloning last Monday, but couldn’t write about it until Wednesday because of a news embargo. The peer reviewed paper in Cell was rushed to print because is a huge deal. But, much to my surprise, it only made mild news. There were two reasons for that I think. […]

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Human Cloning Obfuscation 3

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I now see that the old dishonest game is well afoot: Biotech types and media pretending that human cloning isn’t really human cloning unless a baby is born. The cloning breakthrough is instead being spun as skin cells into stem cells! As if it were induced pluripotent stem cells, which really do turn skin into […]

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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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Industrial Human Farming

The online magazine Slate carries an article on a new business venture in Texas that “is making and selling human embryos from handpicked donors.” From, “The Embryo Factory: The Business Logic of Made-to-Order Babies:” Ryan represents the next wave of industrial rationality. She’s bringing the innovations of Costco and Burger King to the business of […]

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Cadaver Brain Tissues Used to Make Stem Cells

I reported the other day on Shinya Yamanaka’s well deserved Nobel Prize for inventing induced pluripotent stem cells. Now, scientists have used the process — using cadaver brain cells — that may be of great use in studying neurological and mental illnesses. From the Fox News story: Cells from corpses might play a key role […]

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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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IVF Clinics Supply Embryos For Destructive Research Without Consent of Egg Donors

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC When a woman donates her eggs for one purpose — to help another woman have a child — is it right and ethical to instead use embryos made from her gametes for destructive research without her knowledge or consent? A survey of IVF clinics has […]

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