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Great britain dead?

Great Britain dead? ‘Long live the fox and thumbs down to the father and the fetus’. In recent years under the current Government, the mother of all Parliaments has dedicated 700 hours to protecting the fox from the hunters, with a triumph for the fox. In contrast this week a mere three hours were allocated […] Read more

Adult stem cell market flourishes

If there ever was a real battle between the adult and the embryonic stem cell, it could well be nearly over, with the adult as always proving the winner. As the UK embryonic stem cell lobbyists (not to mention those obsolescent enthusiasts for animal-human embryos!) continue to maintain their blindfolded denial of adult stem cell […] Read more

Tut! Tut! Dr Wilmut

The Times Higher Education, The Independent, and The Times have all followed up a story involving a Petition to Her Majesty the Queen to withhold the knighthood awarded in the New Year to the Scottish scientist, Dr Ian Wilmut. CORE recently congratulated Wilmut for turning his back on human cloning. The signatories of the Petition […] Read more

Animal/human embryos: The process of consultation

On September 5, 2007, at a public meeting of the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority, (a fertility quango not to be confused with Parliament or any other democratic organisation) decided that they had authority in principle to issue licences for the creation of animal/human hybrids for research. The meeting was the culmination of a period […] Read more

Social sex selection? No, thank you very much.

Some members of the Joint Committee of the Lords and Commons, currently deliberating on the proposed Bill on Human Tissues and Embryos, have made a point of questioning witnesses on their position in relationship to pre-implantation social sex selection. Robert Key MP, Baroness Hollis and Lord Robert Winston continue to refer to the matter to […] Read more

Mother to daughter egg donation? Not a good idea

Last week there was considerable media focus on the story of a Canadian woman who is freezing eggs for future use by her 7 year old daughter who suffers from Turner’s Syndrome, a condition which is usually associated with infertility. One can understand the anguish of a mother in having to accept that her daughter […] Read more

Animal/human hybrids? Who decides?

The public, the Government, the HFEA, Research Scientists or a journalist from The Times? The Times is back on the ball, with journalist Mark Henderson reiterating his overwhelming and unquestioning enthusiasm for the creation of animal/human hybrids. Opposition is pigeonholed yet again as coming from a minority albeit loud religious voice, as opposed to many […] Read more

Older mothers pass on fertility risk

A study of women at a fertility clinic found that those who failed to become pregnant after treatment had older mothers than those who were successful. The researchers from Atlanta, advised that postponing childbirth had implications for future generations. Dr Peter Nagy, a fertility specialist, warned that the decline in quality of a women’s eggs […] Read more

Umbilical stem cells may aid lung research

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have derived stem cells from umbilical cord blood that can be differentiated into lung cells. It is the first time human stem cells have been differentiated into a cell called the Type II Alveolar, which helps stabilize the lungs while breathing. Professor David McKenna, Assistant Professor of Lab Medicine […] Read more