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The Public Must Speak Up About Genome Editing -- Beyond Embryo Modification

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Silvia Camporesi

The recent call by U.S. scientists for a temporary pause "in the application of germ-line modification for clinical application in humans while the implications of such activity are discussed" has added a new intensity to the debate and reveals a potential bioethical divide between the US and the UK.

Genome Editing, Bioethics, Policy and Politics in the UK and in the US

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 09.24.2015 | Science
Silvia Camporesi

I believe that we as bioethicists have a responsibility to try and bring to the surface the underlying forces that that shape the ethical boundaries of a particular debate in a country versus another. Political, social and economic factors shape ethics and policy making as they shape science and technology in different ways in different countries.

Who Has the Right to Be a Parent?

Fred Silberberg | Posted 07.15.2015 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

What happens when there is a dispute between the parties who used fertility to create a child? What happens to the embryos that are cryogenically preserved when the parties have a dispute as to whether they can be implanted, or the prospective parents separate?

Variations in Regulations on Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Ruth Macklin | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Ruth Macklin

Medically-assisted reproduction -- also known as Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) -- is practiced throughout the world. The Reproductive Bioet...

Men And Their Embryos

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Liam Robb O'Hagan

The moral dilemma here is this: Should one person's right be a parent outweigh another's not to be forced to become a "genetic parent" against their will?

Corrado Spadafora: Does The Weismann Barrier Really Exist?

Suzan Mazur | Posted 05.18.2015 | Science
Suzan Mazur

Corrado Spadafora's work 20 some years ago on the organization of chromatin in sperm cells revealed that "sperm cells can behave as vectors of foreign genetic information to embryos at fertilization."

Debate Flares Over Genetically Modified Embryos

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.24.2015 | Science

Are scientists playing with fire? That's suddenly a big question for bioethicists, now that researchers in China have confirmed that they genetical...

Georgia Lawmaker Wants To Make Sure Embryos Don't Glow In The Dark

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

A Georgia state representative is standing up for the rights of embryos: He wants to make sure they aren't forced to glow in the dark. Republican R...

U.K. Proposes Rules For Embryos Made From 3 People

AP | Maria Cheng | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents

LONDON (AP) — New rules proposed in Britain would make it the first country to allow embryos to be made from the DNA of three people in order to pre...

WATCH: What Happens To Each And Every Cell In A Developing Embryo

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 07.22.2014 | Science

How does an embryo go from being a lump of cells to a full-fledged nervous system? Just watch for yourself in The New York Times' trippy video abov...

Public Health Impacts of Wireless Radiation -- Flying Blind

Devra Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Devra Davis, Ph.D.

As uses and users of wireless transmitting devices are skyrocketing in our homes, schools and even our national parks, one would think that scientific research on the human health and environmental implications of wireless electromagnetic radiation would be exploding with fierce competition.

Regulator Weighs In On Safety Of Three-Parent Embryos

AP | MARIA CHENG | Posted 08.03.2014 | Science

LONDON (AP) — Britain's fertility regulator says controversial techniques to create embryos from the DNA of three people "do not appear to be unsafe...

Is PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis) 'Playing God'?

Ruth Macklin | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Ruth Macklin

PGD is by now a well-established procedure in reproductive medicine. Although its use may continue to give rise to some ethical controversy, the benefits to couples and the children they produce outweigh the potential negative consequences feared by some.

WATCH: How Chicken Embryo Develops Inside Egg Is Incredible

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 01.27.2014 | Science

It takes 21 days for a chicken embryo to develop. Ever wonder what happens inside the egg between the day it's laid and the day the chick pecks its wa...

A Former IVF Baby on "Three-Parent IVF"

Jessica Cussins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Jessica Cussins

There are large social and ethical considerations that mitochondrial replacement forces us to confront. Most importantly, this technology raises one of the thorniest questions humanity will ever face: are we willing to genetically modify future generations of humans?

The One Thing You Should Never, Ever Say to a Gestational Surrogate

Cara Paiuk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

A surrogate should be supported, loved, and acknowledged for the job they are doing, the gift they are giving, the sacrifice they are making, and the risk they are taking. I can hardly think of a more innapropriate and unsupportive comment than what my friend received.

H.R. 1096, S. 583, The Pauls and the Magic of Morphogenesis

Mark Axelrod | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Mark Axelrod

At the time of conception the human embryo is not significantly different from a shark, a salamander, a lizard, a chicken, a rabbit or a pig.

So Long, Pro-choice... I'm Pro-faith

Janis Powers | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Janis Powers

In other words, fertilized eggs inside a woman's body are treated differently that those created in a petri dish. If life begins at conception, the where's the uproar over the dispensation of scientifically fertilized eggs?

The Accidental Activist: Eggs and Politics

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 04.17.2013 | Science
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

While most doctors perceive personhood legislation as a threat to abortion rights -- which it is -- the potential legislation also impacts the treatment of complicated pregnancies and limits infertility procedures. And that's why fertility experts are worried.

Abortion Bill Contains Interesting Ban

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 02.03.2013 | Politics

A Republican state legislator in Mississippi has proposed a ban on human-animal hybrids. State Rep. William Tracy Arnold (R-Booneville) proposed t...

Why Female Scientists Are a Rarity

Ashley Bush and Raphaela Sapire | Posted 01.14.2013 | Women
Ashley Bush and Raphaela Sapire

Growing up, we loved science class. We brewed steaming potions by mixing chemicals; created ice cream by shaking salt, ice and sugar; and crafted volcanoes made out of clay. Somewhere along the line, however, our interest in pursuing the sciences disappeared.

LOOK: Insanely Cute Monkeys Have More Than Two Parents

Posted 01.09.2012 | Science

Because we know you'll ask: no, you can't have one. Hex, Roku and Chimero, the insanely cute rhesus monkeys pictured here, are the world's first ch...

WATCH: Cute "Chimeric" Monkeys Carry Strange DNA

Posted 01.07.2012 | Science

Cute and cuddly, little Hex, Roku, and Chimero look just like any other rhesus monkeys. But they carry distinctive DNA - a mashup of genes from severa...

Beyond Vaccine Politics to Biopolitics

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

Even in an election cycle that is dominated by the economy, feelings about cultural issues continue to be the most raw, especially where the power of modern medical science seems to conflict with tradition values. Welcome to the era of biopolitics.

Hope, Science and Tomorrow: Stem Cell Research in 2009

Ryan Mehl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ryan Mehl

The days of cautiously taking care of ourselves will wane as we move medicine, politics and society forward. By embracing stem-cell research, we will see the many troubles of aging and disease disappear.