In the News

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

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

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