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Today is World Down Syndrome Day!

1 Here’s a very simple gesture of solidarity we can all support … http://stopdiscriminatingdown.com/sign-the-petition/ Please sign on and as well … 2 Don’t forget to go to Karen Gaffney’s wonderful Ted Talk at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwxjoBQdn0s

Surrogacy Report Rejected

The Regulation of  Surrogacy as proposed by Belgium Senator Petra De Sutter was thankfully rejected today by the Social Affairs committee of PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe).

IVF children ‘face timebomb of poor health’ claims an evolutionary biologist from University of California

The Daily Mail, reporting from Washington DC, highlights the concerns of an evolutionary biologist, Dr Pascal Gagneux from the University of California, who warns that we have not even begun to assess worrying problems associated with assisted reproduction, and which may take decades to develop. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3448711/IVF-children-face-timebomb-poor-health-short-lives-Scientist-warns-artificial-conception-prove-big-health-disaster-junk-food.html   Concerns about a specific aspect of IVF practice, […] Read more

Surrogacy Romanticised

The issue of surrogacy was one of the focus points of the Family Day Rally in Rome last Saturday. Josephine Quintavalle recalls the story of one surrogate mother she counselled some years ago. This reflection highlights aspects of surrogacy which are rarely in the public domain. This particular mother regretted most sincerely what she had done and described […] Read more

The risks of editing genes in human embryos

An interview with Laura Gotti Tedeschi (Research Assistant at CORE) has been published today in the Italian online newspaper “Intelligonews” about the recent permission by the HFEA to edit the genome of human embryos for research. Click the link below to read the interview: http://www.intelligonews.it/articoli/4-febbraio-2016/36585/manipolazione-embrioni-laura-gotti-tedeschi-da-londra-e-eticamente-sbagliato-oltre-che-rischioso

Two American Experts talk Human Genetics

Those following the various debates on editing the genome of the human embryo are encouraged to link to this excellent discussion between two American experts,  Associate Prof Paul Knoepfler from UC Davis School of Medicine and Prof Nathaniel Comfort from John Hopkins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OMYV2G6u2M&feature=youtu.be

European Parliament speaks out against Surrogacy

The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) draws attention today to a Resolution adopted by the European Parliament expressing concern about women’s rights on a number of issues.  Whilst not agreeing with everything in the EWL statement CORE is nevertheless pleased to note the growing opposition to surrogate pregnancy which is recorded as follows: The EP Resolution […] Read more

URGENT ATTENTION

Nuffield Call for Evidence on Human Genome-Editing :  Deadline 1 February 2016 Please  link urgently to the Nuffield Call for Evidence on Genome-Editing to be found at: http://nuffieldbioethics.org/project/genome-editing/open-call-for-evidence/ We encourage you to submit comments, reflecting on the dangers and uncertainties involved in the proposed editing of the genes of the human embryo. The US Center for Genetics and Society […] Read more