Human genetic engineering breakthrough raises ethical concerns

By Paul Stark Scientists in Oregon have successfully genetically modified human embryos, according to research published earlier this month. The researchers used a gene editing technique called CRISPR to repair a disease-causing mutation. “In altering the DNA code of human embryos,” explains the MIT Technology Review, “the objective of scientists is to show that they can …

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Human embryos modified to eliminate a single-gene disease

By Michael Cook American and Korean scientists have published in Nature the details of how they successfully edited a single gene in human embryos. A team of American, Chinese and Korean scientists led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health and Science University used gene-editing CRISPR/Cas9 technology to eliminate a gene, MYBPC3, linked to a heart disorder. …

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Scientists proposing eliminating 14-day limit for experimenting on human embryos

By David Prentice, PhD Editor’s note. The following ran May 11, 2016 and was, indeed prophetic. Just as Prof. Prentice predicted, there are loud calls to “scrap” the self-imposed “limit” on the age allowed for experiments on human embryos, currently 14 days. We read this in The Guardian: Later this week some of the world’s …

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Growing Human Embryos Outside the Womb: New Record, Old Questions

By David Prentice, Ph.D. Editor’s note. My family and I will be on vacation through September 6. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked over the last five months. This first ran …

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Human embryos: Property or persons?

By Paul Stark On November 18 a judge ruled that a San Francisco woman’s frozen embryos must be “thawed and discarded” against her wishes. The woman sought to gestate and raise the embryos, but her ex-husband, with whom she created the embryos through in vitro fertilization, wanted them destroyed. The couple had signed a consent …

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Fighting Successfully to Thwart the Drive to Commodify Human Life

By Dave Andrusko Almost exactly one month apart, two classic examples of how unrelenting resistance to the drive by the biotechnology industry and individual researchers to commodify human life can pay rich dividends. One, here at home, the other, in Europe. As we reported, on September 16, after eight long years of patient work, there …

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New patent law to impact Minnesota

No patents allowed for human embryos A ban on the issuing of U.S. patents on human embryos was enacted into law on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011.[See www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news.] The pro-life policy was enacted as part of the “America Invents Act” bill (H.R. 1249) and could have a direct impact on researchers involved in clone-and-kill activities at …

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