European legislators have criticised a British government proposal which would, for the first time in the world, allow the creation of human embryos with three parents. Members of the Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly expressed their opposition by signing a declaration. [Telegraph and Care] CORE said: “We are absolutely delighted that this Declaration against germline […] Read more
Experts in Britain say women should start families before they are 35. Almost half of babies are now born to women over 30. IVF “far from guarantees … a child”. There were health-risks associated with late motherhood. CORE congratulated the experts and said it was sad to have to point out such facts. Daily Mail.
The organisers of this British Library event ask: “how far should we go in the quest for a ‘perfect’ baby?”. Chair: Dr Tom Shakespeare, University of East Anglia. Speakers: Dr Joyce Harper, UCL Centre for Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis Nick Meade, Genetic Alliance UK Professor Rosamund Scott, King’s College London Dr Alan Thornhill, Guys and St Thomas’ Assisted […] Read more
US researchers experimented on the Ts65Dn mouse which “recapitulates some major brain structural and behavioral phenotypes of [Down’s syndrome]”. They found that “a single treatment of newborn mice with the Sonic hedgehog pathway agonist SAG 1.1 (SAG) result[ed] in normal cerebellar morphology in adults.” [Science, volume 5, issue 201] If such postnatal therapy could be administered […] Read more
Ethicists write on how women are selling themselves. “[T]ypically the rich are paying the impoverished to gestate their babies, and now, breast milk is being included in pregnancy contracts.” We encourage supporters to comment on the article.
Women in California will continue to be banned from selling their eggs to researchers after the governor vetoed a measure which would have allowed the practice. [Los Angeles Times] Josephine Quintavalle of CORE said: “As one of the founder members of a coalition called Hands Off Our Ovaries, CORE congratulates Governor Brown and all those […] Read more
Twins, multiple pregnancies and multiple births in relation to genetics, fertility treatment and early development will be the subject of the Progress Educational Trust’s annual conference in London on 4 December. Participants will include Jane Denton, Jane Fisher, Dr Jane Hurst, Dr Yacoub Khalaf, James Lawford Davies, Professor Scott Nelson, Sarah Norcross, Professor Marcus Pembrey, Professor […] Read more
Couples undergoing IVF could be told to choose embryos who would be good for society, according to an article in the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. The authors suggest that parents who can choose which children to bring to birth should not just consider the child’s wellbeing but also the child’s likely impact on society. […] Read more