July 2009

Viable mice from induced pluripotent stem cells? Pros and cons

Articles appeared today in ‘Nature’ and ‘Cell Stem Cell’ reporting the creation of generations of mice using reprogrammed skin tissue from adult mice by two different teams of Chinese researchers (*). There were abnormalities in the first generation of offspring but these seem to have disappeared in subsequent generations. The novelty of this process, which […] Read more

Did the public receive balanced scientific information in the hybrid embryo debate?

Josephine Quintavalle was recently invited by the People and Science publication to participate in a series of open letters, with the Director of the Science Media Centre, Fiona Fox, on the subject of “The hybrid embryo debate: good public engagement?” To access this article, please follow the link provided: www.britishscienceassociation.org/NR/rdonlyres/6521E1D5-E30A-4179-B788-02E42BEA8A24/0/SPAT.pdf

Core ethics in the news

CORE Ethics has maintained a constant presence in the media over the past month, both in the United Kingdom and internationally, commenting on a wide range of issues: Links between abortions and premature births http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/health/article-1196131/Abortion-mothers-child-risk.html http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/news/health/380466/abortion-linked-to-premature-birth.html The human-animal hybrid debate http://timesonline.typepad.com/science/2009/06/humananimal-hybrid-embryos-the-debate-revisited-a-year-on.html Alternatives to embryonic stem cell research http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8103345.stm http://www.kpxq1360.com/news/commentary/11605412/ http://www.breakpoint.org/listingarticle.asp?ID=11968 The debate on embryo selection […] Read more

Screening of art pregnancies produce misleading down syndrome results

With pregnancy screening for Down syndrome and other chromosome abnormalities increasingly becoming a routine part of antenatal care, the largest and most comprehensive study to date on Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) conceptions in first trimester screening has revealed some worrying statistics. An article published on 6th June 2009, in Human Reproduction*, documents the extent of […] Read more