November 2008

A week of adult stem cell successes successes

November : A Week In Adult Stem Cell Therapies (With thanks to Dr David Prentice & the Family Research Council) Liver Repair. Doctors at Imperial College, London, have shown treatment benefits from using adult stem cells collected from the patients’ own blood to treat cirrhosis of the liver. Three of the nine patients treated showed […] Read more

Making the HFEA accountable

(The following is an extended rationale of our Case against the HFEA. We are arguing for fair play.) The HFEA (Authority) was created to “carry out regulation with the purpose of maintaining ‘respect for human life at all stages’.” However, the Authority’s 18-year history of granting research licences demonstrates a disproportionate concern for the interests […] Read more

Of frozen mice and men

Frozen mice and men … The recent news that scientists have been able to clone mice using brain tissue frozen 16 years ago, produced a ‘Daily Mail’ front page, entitled ‘Cloning from the Grave’. (www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1082776/Cloning-grave-Scientists-create-new-life-mouse-frozen-16-YEARS.html) The day was spent deliberating whether we could recreate woolly mammoths and other extinct animals, and accusing those who worried […] Read more

Scientific imperative trumps morality

Human Fertilisation & Embryology Bill Update : Ruthless scientific imperative trumps morality yet again in the United Kingdom There is nothing further we can do to combat the moral anarchy of The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. Last Wednesday in the House of Lords, the last attempts to damage-limit this dreadful piece of legislation were […] Read more