Category: Cloning, Embryo Research & Genetics

Dan Brown's <em>Inferno</em> Portrays Transhumanism in Positive Light
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Dan Brown’s Inferno Portrays Transhumanism in Positive Light

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WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD. (That is if you want to read Inferno of your own free will.) I recently had the displeasure of reading Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, because I heard it had transhumanist themes. Essentially, it was the same book as Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code except this time the backdrop […]

Irish Abortion Bill Will End Lives to Promote False “Right”
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Irish Abortion Bill Will End Lives to Promote False “Right”

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This is how crazy the situation has become in Ireland. The abortion bill that is nearing a vote on the Emerald Isle is being pushed by politicians who promised not to do what they are now doing. OK, maybe this is not shocking anymore. But the bill is being sold as necessary to save the […]

Funding Restrictions Stifle Cloning Research
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Funding Restrictions Stifle Cloning Research

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Unlike many other countries, the United States has no federal restrictions on cloning. Scientists can clone human embryos as much as they want, provided they have the human eggs to do it, and in many states they could transfer those embryos to a female volunteer if they wanted. The only thing that we have in […]

200,000+ People Join Pope Francis for Mass Celebrating <em>Evangelium Vitae</em>
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200,000+ People Join Pope Francis for Mass Celebrating Evangelium Vitae

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Hundreds of thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square and down the main Roman street that leads to the Vatican Sunday to join Pope Francis in celebrating a Mass commemorating Pope John Paul II’s 1995 famous encyclical, the ‘Gospel of Life.’ Known by it’s Latin name ‘Evangelium Vitae’, the encyclical clearly enunciated the evil of abortion, […]

Supreme Court Allows DNA Collection After an Arrest
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Supreme Court Allows DNA Collection After an Arrest

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This week the Supreme Court decided that it is not a violation of the 4th Amendment for law enforcement to take a DNA sample from people who are arrested. The Court said that a cheek swab was no different than mug shots or fingerprinting; its purpose is to identify the person in custody. From the […]

 Human Embryos Created by Cloning in Oregon
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Human Embryos Created by Cloning in Oregon

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Once induced pluripotent stem cells hit the scene, human cloning slowly faded away. Why clone embryos with human eggs (exploiting women in the process) to get “patient-specific” embryonic stem cells when you can just take an adult cell and reprogram it back to an embryonic-like state? No eggs, no cloning, no creating and destroying embryos.But […]

Killing Embryos for Science 'Demeans' the Humanity of Researchers
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Killing Embryos for Science ‘Demeans’ the Humanity of Researchers

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Researchers who justify the killing of human beings at the embryonic stage “demean” themselves and diminish their own humanity, an American ethicist told LifeSiteNews.com at the Vatican’s stem cell conference last month. By willingly participating in an evil, even to bring about a great good like cures for diseases, “You demean yourself, you make yourself […]

From Choosing to Creating the "Better" Human
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From Choosing to Creating the “Better” Human

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Britain’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which oversees fertility treatments and embryo research in that nation, recently recommended that the creation of children with three genetic parents be allowed to move forward. Currently, it is illegal to transfer genetically modified embryos to a woman in Britain. The HFEA blessing will likely be used by lawmakers […]

What is in an Egg Besides Trouble?
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What is in an Egg Besides Trouble?

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This is not an article about the reasons why chicken eggs may or may not be good for your health. This is an article about eggs that hold much more importance, for they are the eggs produced by females during their fertile time. But hold on to your seats, because there’s trouble all right. Lots […]

Pope Benedict and the Cause of Life
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Pope Benedict and the Cause of Life

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It was a surprising announcement indeed that Pope Benedict made this week. Of course, a Pope has the authority to say he will no longer be the Pope. But this will certainly be a new experience for the Church in our day. Having worked in the Vatican, it also raises some interesting protocol questions in […]

Weekly Wits
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Weekly Wits 2/15/2013

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Pope Benedict’s Resignation: What’s Next?
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Pope Benedict’s Resignation: What’s Next?

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Pope Benedict XVI’s impending resignation, announced this morning, has opened the usual spate of questions prior to a conclave, as well as new ones about the status of a living Pope emeritus. Among some pro-lifers there is lots of buzz about whether the new pontiff will be pro-life, as was John Paul II. It’s an […]

Right to Consumer Genetics?
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Right to Consumer Genetics?

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These days it seems we have a “right” to everything except the rights that are actually given to us by our Creator and enumerated in the Constitution. According to this article from the MIT Technology Review we even have a “right to consumer genetics.” What exactly is consumer genetics? Well, you can go about getting your genes […]

Mortal Life Without End? Really?
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Mortal Life Without End? Really?

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Anyone who has seen the latest DROID DNA smart phone ads realizes that such devices have become nearly inseparable from man’s person. As a matter of fact, the ads suggest that the phone is so much a part of the person that even his intelligence will be improved by merely using the phone. These are superb sales […]

Federal Stem Cell Research Funding: Why You Need to Know About the Dickey Amendment
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Federal Stem Cell Research Funding: Why You Need to Know About the Dickey Amendment

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In an attempt to stop the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, two researchers sued the Obama Administration saying that the administration’s funding of research that requires the destruction of a human embryo violates the Dickey Amendment. Unfortunately, while a lower court agreed that using tax-payer money to fund embryonic stem cell research is […]

Hope for 2013: Embracing Human Nature
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Hope for 2013: Embracing Human Nature

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Peering into the abyss of biotechnology, I have often mused that the problem with much of what goes on in fertility clinics and laboratories of the world is a denial of human nature. The denial that living human organisms, regardless of how they are created, are indeed human beings. They are small and immature, but […]

What Makes 2013 the Year for Cautious Optimism?
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What Makes 2013 the Year for Cautious Optimism?

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As a new year approaches, we naturally reflect on the one past. While it’s easy to get caught up in the negatives of the past year, we must identify and focus on the positive things that have happened as well. When we do this, we see that there are many reasons to look to this […]

German Fed Court: No Patenting Stem Cells Obtained Through Destruction of Human Embryos
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German Fed Court: No Patenting Stem Cells Obtained Through Destruction of Human Embryos

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The German Federal Court (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH = the supreme judicial instance in Germany in all matters pertaining to civil law) has yesterday issued the final decision in the case Brüstle vs. Greenpeace. Mr. Brüstle is a German researcher who has submitted a patent claim with regard to embryonic stemcells. Greenpeace is an environmentalist NGO that […]

Boy Gets Kicked Out of School for His Genes
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Boy Gets Kicked Out of School for His Genes

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I spent many, many, many hours in the lab testing people for mutations known to cause cystic fibrosis (CF). CF is a genetic disease caused by mutations in a gene called the CFTR gene. If a person has a deleterious mutation in both copies of his or her CFTR gene (one mutation inherited from dad, […]

Transhumanism in <em>The Amazing Spider-Man</em>
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Transhumanism in The Amazing Spider-Man

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The other day my family made me sit down and watch the new Spider-Man movie, The Amazing Spider-Man. I don’t know why they had to make yet another Spider-Man flick, but for the sake of family unity I cuddled up on the coach and watched. Recently, I hit a bunch of unsuspecting Catholic women at […]

The Battle for Life and Family Continues
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The Battle for Life and Family Continues

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Last Tuesday night I watched in disbelief as a slim majority of Americans voted to give Barack Hussein Obama a second term as president, but in the clear light of morning it is clear how this debacle happened—and what the pro-life movement needs to focus on now. I do not mean to make light of […]

2 Mothers, 1 Father, 1 Embryo: 1 Mess
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2 Mothers, 1 Father, 1 Embryo: 1 Mess

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News last week from AP that a research team at Oregon Health and Sciences University has replicated work done a few years ago in Britain, constructing a human embryo by using the eggs of two mothers and a father’s sperm. Read it at FoxNews The goal here is to prevent diseases that arise from genetic […]

Embryo Adoption: Is it Okay?
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Embryo Adoption: Is it Okay?

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The short answer to the very complex question posed in the title of this article is this: We actually don’t know, yet. That is to say that the official teaching body of the Catholic Church, the Magisterium, has not yet issued a final stance on this specific topic. The debate among Church theologians began in earnest […]

Blessed JP II and the Culture of Life
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Blessed JP II and the Culture of Life

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Today is the feast of Blessed John Paul II. He is often referred to as John Paul the Great, but I will always know him simply as JPII. No doubt he was a mighty world/religious leader, but to many of us who grew up under his pontificate, he was also a gentle and humble shepherd […]

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