UK May Be First to Allow “Three-Parent” Human Embryos Via IVF

After roughly a year of polling the British public about it (because naturally that’s the best way to determine all serious ethical questions involving complicated human biotechnology), last week the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, announced that the British government’s health department is drafting regulations in order to start offering “three-parent” IVF treatments in order to combat mitochondrial disease. What this means, essentially, is that the UK will give the genetic engineering of future generations without their consent it’s official stamp of approval.

Croatian European Citizens can sign ONE OF US

Parallel with a Croatian accession to the European Union on 1st July 2013 the Croatian citizens can participate in the European Citizens Initiative – a form of participatory democracy in the European Union. The first such initiative is «One of us» (in Croatian: „Jedan od nas“) that aims to protect human life from conception in…

Groups Ask Court to Stop Patenting of Embryonic Stem Cells

I never understood why patents were ever allowed for embryonic stem cells. They are not human inventions. They–like genes–are naturally occurring. Accordingly, the European courts have rejected stem cell patents. The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected gene patents. Now, challenges are underway against U.S. patents of embryonic stem cells.From the Chronicle of Higher Education story: Two advocacy…

Geron Is Shutting Down Its Stem Cell Clinical Trial

The company conducting the world’s first clinical trial of a therapy using human embryonic stem cells said on Monday that it was halting that trial and leaving the stem cell business entirely. The company, Geron, said that its move did not reflect a lack of promise for the controversial field. Rather, it said, with money scarce, it…