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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

Assisted human reproduction: worldwide legislation

CORE is currently researching national legislation worldwide covering specific aspects of assisted human reproduction where the focus is on surrogacy, eggs or sperm. We have currently prepared an overview for the first two issues and will be adding legislation dealing with human sperm in the coming weeks. Here are the relevant links so far:   Human Eggs […] Read more

No, I am not going to freeze my eggs

This article has been published on the online journal Voices In Bioethics on July 28, 2015 By Katarina Lee Tick-tock goes our biological clocks. A law professor who I admire greatly, only half-jokingly said to my class that the new gift for women graduating from law school would be our parents paying for us to freeze our […] Read more

Be aware of the big business of infertility

Christopher White, director of research and education at the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, on the National Review Online today warns about the uncontrolled consequences of IVF, such as egg and sperm donation and surrogacy. White writes that after the birth of the first test-tube baby Louise Brown in 1978 reproductive technology “may be seen […] Read more

Planned Parenthood’s black market and the abortion debate: yes or no. Not maybe

Canada’s largest-circulation national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, has published a letter yesterday by Katarina Lee, a Contributing Researcher for CORE, in response to pro-choice Margaret Wente’s article about Planned Parenthood’s alleged “black market” in harvesting and selling fetal body parts. Ms. Lee writes that “If one holds that an embryo/fetus is a person, and persons are entitled to […] Read more

USA’S LACK OF LAW ON SURROGACY

The Times has published a letter today by Katarina Lee, a Contributing Researcher for CORE. With reference to an article on surrogacy that appeared on the Times2 of July 20th, reporting that surrogacy in the US is regulated, Ms. Lee warns that it is inaccurate to state so. She writes: ‘[In the US] There is no federal […] Read more