By Michel Cook “Advanced embryo genetic testing. Choose your healthiest embryo.” This is the slogan of Genome Prediction, an American company which is selling polygenic risk scores (PRSs) analyses of embryos to prospective parents. It claims that its technology is being used in 173 IVF clinics in 37 countries. Its mission is “Choice over chance: helping …Continue reading "Predicting an embryo’s future with ‘polygenic risk scores’ is ‘unproven’ and unethical’, say experts"
By Dave Andrusko I’d wager a pretty penny that the New York Times thought long and hard about publishing “When They Warn of Rare Disorders, These Prenatal Tests Are Usually Wrong.” As pro-life bioethicist Wesley J. Smith wrote, “Prenatal-testing companies are making a lot of money selling early-gestation, prenatal blood tests that search for rare …Continue reading "Prenatal test results for rare genetic anomalies often wrong, perfectly healthy unborn babies aborted"
By Wesley J. Smith Eugenics is alive and well with prenatal testing deployed to detect conditions — such as Down syndrome and dwarfism — toward the frequent end (and often, purpose) of ensuring that offending babies are never born. Iceland, thus, brags that almost no Down children make it to birth. What a tragedy for the babies, parents, …Continue reading "Prenatal Search-and-Destroy Genetic Tests Often Wrong"
‘Child abuse is an offense reportable by health care providers. Yet scientific journals publish such research as if it represents a good’ By Martin Bürger LONDON, England, June 26, 2020 – A Catholic ethicist has characterized as “child abuse” the embryonic research of a team of UK scientists after they destroyed over a dozen tiny …Continue reading "It’s ‘child abuse’ for scientists to extensively gene-edit human embryos and then destroy them says ethicist"
By Wesley J. Smith When a scientist in China proudly announced the birth of the first germ-line genetically engineered babies — meaning the alterations would flow down the generations — there was a firestorm. But notably, despite the screaming and arrest of the scientist by China (as if the authorities in the great tyranny didn’t know …Continue reading "Ban Germ-Line Genetically Engineered Babies"
Playing God with the Human Race By John Stonestreet with G. Shane Morris Orson Scott Card’s science fiction novel, “Ender’s Shadow” is a favorite of some of our staff. In it, a twelve-year-old’s medical condition gives him superhuman brilliance. Only after helping mankind win the war against an insectoid alien invader does Julian Delphiki discover …Continue reading "When Genetically Modified Children Have Children"
Another Day, Another Euphemism: Abortion Lobby Argues Against Bill that Protects Babies from Genetic Discrimination Editor’s note. The following was blogged in real time by Ohio Right to Life yesterday during testimony on the Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act. On Wednesday, the Ohio House Health Committee heard opponent testimony against our Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act. NARAL …Continue reading "Abortion Lobby Argues Against Bill that Protects Babies from Genetic Discrimination"
By Society for the Protection of Unborn Children–SPUC The Welsh Government has confirmed that non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) will be introduced within the antenatal screening programme in Wales. The announcement by Public Health Minister, Rebecca Evans confirms that Wales will follow England in making the test available on the NHS [National Health Service] from 2018. …Continue reading "Wales approves genetic screening for babies with Down’s syndrome"
By Sarah Terzo Genetic “counselors” are medical personnel that walk women and their partners though testing (usually amniocentesis) to see if their unborn babies have a genetic illness or disability. If a woman is at risk for having a baby with a disability, or if they already know that they are pregnant with one, these …Continue reading "Genetic “counselor” prevents abortion minded women from seeing sonograms"
By Sarah Terzo Rayna Rapp interviewed counselors at genetic clinics where women came to have their babies tested for disabilities including Down syndrome. The counselors then discussed with the women whether or not they would have abortions. Many of the women who came in aborted when they found out that their babies would have a …Continue reading "Genetic counselors and sex selection abortions"
By Michael Cook “Europe’s superlab,” a £700 million research institute, the Francis Crick Institute, opens this year. It is Europe’s largest biomedical research centre, a partnership between six of the UK’s best known scientific and academic organizations – the [U.K.] government funded Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the Wellcome Trust, UCL (University …Continue reading "The company they keep"
By Dave Andrusko It’s bad enough that the Daily Mail reported that as a result of new tests, the number of babies diagnosed with genetic anomalies who were aborted soared by 34% between 2011 and 2014 [www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3123078/New-blood-test-blamed-women-choosing-abort-babies-s-syndrome-disabilities-soars-34-three-years.html]. But it gets worse. Tucked away in the story, written by Jo MacFarlane, is that until recently, the blood …Continue reading "New blood test=large increase in babies diagnosed with medical problems who are aborted"