Category Archives: Ethical Issues at the Beginning of Life

Cloning ‘could beat gene disease’

A scientist involved in creating Dolly the cloned sheep has proposed using cloning and gene alteration to create babies free from hereditary diseases. more

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Clone ‘would feel individuality’

A cloned human would probably consider themselves to be an individual, a study suggests. more

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Scientist reports on attempt to clone child

A Kentucky fertility specialist has published the world`s first scientific account of an attempt to create a cloned child, a scientific milestone that many researchers will likely condems. more

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‘Make IVF genetic screen routine’

All IVF embryos should be checked for genetic abnormalities before the pregnancy is allowed to go ahead, say international genetic experts. more

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“Designer baby” bid gets go-ahead

A couple from Leicester have been given permission by the fertility watchdog to have a “saviour sibling” in a bid to help their sick 20-month-old daughter. more

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Embryo checks ‘should be widened’

Embryo testing should be extended to check for faulty genes not guaranteed to cause disease, a report by the UK fertility watchdog recommends. more

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Science Anxiety

Many recent scientific advances in medicine and the life sciences involving genetic engineering leave many people concerned. Our new and increasing power to control heredity is based on a growing knowledge of our own genetic makeup as well as that … Continue reading

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New row looms over embryo screening

Embryo screening should be extended to cover genes that may cause diseases but are not certain to do so, the regulatory body for fertility treatment has recommended. more

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First baby in Britain designed cancer-free

A WOMAN is pregnant with Britain`s first designer baby selected to prevent an inherited cancer, The Times can reveal. more

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HFEA approves embryo tests for hereditary cancer

The UK’s fertility treatment regulator has given the go-ahead for couples to test embryos to avoid passing on hereditary cancer. At its open meeting held on 10 May in Belfast, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) accepted a recommendation … Continue reading

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