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Scientific Breakthrough for Down Syndrome

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Researchers have learned how to dampen gene expression of the extra 21st chromosome, which is the cause of Down syndrome. To date, there are no therapies to cure or treat Down syndrome. Last year, when I was at the Meeting in Rimini Italy, I visited the Jerome Lejeune Foundation exhibit. In July of 1958, Lejeune, […]

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What Risks Should We Accept in Disease Prevention?

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I read with much interest Marcy Darnvosky’s article in Nature, “A Slippery Slope to Human Germline Modification.” The article focuses on the ethics of the technology used to create “three-parent embryos.” This new technique has been given the green light for trial by the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) in the U.K. and will […]

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Reproductive Coercion and the New Eugenics

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Bioedge published a good article this week discussing the claim by some bioethicists that parents be required to use pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to eradicate unwanted heritable conditions. From “Parents Have a Duty to Use IVF, Say Bioethicists:” Janet Malek, of East Carolina University, and Judith […]

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The Joy of Parenting Children with Down Syndrome

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Prenatal genetic testing has turned into a search and destroy eugenic abortion mission that targets fetuses with Down syndrome, dwarfism, and other genetic conditions. Indeed, we know that about 90% of such nascent humans become medical waste instead of being born. Evidence showed that “genetic […]

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The Higher They are The Harder They Fall

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President Pacific Reproductive Center (PRC) of Southern California (AKA, the reproductive tourist capital of the world) has just announced the opening of an on-site laboratory with breakthrough technology that has the ability to analyze all 46 chromosomes (23 from the mother and 23 from the father) of a human embryo within […]

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The Higher They are The Harder They Fall

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President Pacific Reproductive Center (PRC) of Southern California (AKA, the reproductive tourist capital of the world) has just announced the opening of an on-site laboratory with breakthrough technology that has the ability to analyze all 46 chromosomes (23 from the mother and 23 from the father) of a human embryo within […]

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The New Eugenics: Selecting for Intelligence — Or, What’s Love Got to do With It, Julian Savulescu?

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Eugenics is both profoundly wrong and extremely dangerous in that it divides human beings into better and worse categories, which leads to great evil; oppression, exploitation, and killing. We saw that with the first eugenics, invented by the English statistician Francis Galton, who posited a […]

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Consuming Children: Humanity=Artifact

I recently attended a debate between Wesley J. Smith and Gregory Stock. Our CBC staffer, Evan Rosa has a great write up you can read in its entirety here. Evan writes, “The match-up for this event: Wesley Smith, bioethics watchdog and consultant to the CBC, arguing that genetically designing progeny is wrong, and Gregory Stock, […]

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Breast cancer gene-free baby born

Not all scientific and medical progress is ethical. Certainly, not all progress is for the benefit of the human future. This particular story is a case in point. From the story: “The first baby in the UK tested before conception for a genetic form of breast cancer has been born. . . the embryo was […]

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DNA Fingerprinting Identifies Viable IVF Embryos

Has the era of high tech embryo profiling arrived? I have been following the recent study published in the journal Human Reproduction. Researchers have combined the technology that allows them to screen embryos at the blastocyst stage with the DNA fingerprinting and microarray analysis technology in order to identify the viable blastocysts transferred into the […]

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