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Last year the UK became the first in the world to offer controversial ‘three-parent’ fertility treatments. This year they approved the use of CRISPR to edit genomes of human embryos. In the latest episode of BioTalk, Rebecca Taylor and I talk about how scientists and governments have re-engineered language to sell the public on embryo-re-engineering. […]


Posted at: February 11th, 2016 - 8:26 am - Number of Comments » 0

The Center for Bioethics and Culture has released their annual list of winners and losers for the previous year. Most have to do with surrogacy and assisted suicide. All are good candidates, but I noticed one glaring omission. 2015 was a tipping-point year for the genetic altering human embryos and, consequently, the genetic future of […]


Posted at: January 15th, 2016 - 3:09 am - Number of Comments » 1

I was on the radio with Mike Allen this morning talking about CRISPR-mania in China and the rights of adopted children. Click the play buttons below to listen. http://www.reflectionsofaparalytic.com/audio/Mike-Allen-2015-11-24-1.mp3 http://www.reflectionsofaparalytic.com/audio/Mike-Allen-2015-11-24-2.mp3 November is National Adoption Month, and while Adoption is such a wonderful thing for so many individuals, that doesn’t mean it is without consequence. Like […]


Posted at: November 24th, 2015 - 8:19 pm - Number of Comments » 0

Shortly after I mentioned it as a possibility last week, scientists in China confirmed that they have been editing the genomes of several non-viable human embryos from IVF clinics using a new promising gene-editing technique called CRISPR. Technically speaking the results were a disappointment to researchers and proved that the technique is not ready for […]


Posted at: April 30th, 2015 - 8:25 am - Number of Comments » 0

Rebecca Taylor’s latest at the Register focuses on “three parent ivf”, which I’ve talked about many, many times here and an emerging new technique that allows scientists to “edit” or modify nuclear DNA within human gametes or embryos: There is a new genetic engineering technique that is revolutionizing biotechnology research. It is called CRISPR. CRISPR […]


Posted at: April 20th, 2015 - 1:13 pm - Number of Comments » 0

The dream team is back! In the latest episode of BioTalk, Rebecca Taylor and I give an update on “three-parent IVF” (aka “midochondrial donation or replacement”) and genetic engineering, what it means for our human future and what you can do about it. Or, if you prefer, you can listen to audio only: There is […]


Posted at: March 27th, 2015 - 11:14 am - Number of Comments » 1

• A survey recently conducted by the Canada’s Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) reveals that “Most palliative physicians want no role in assisted death.” BioEdge has more. Good! Now that assisted suicide has been forced upon them by the CA Supreme Court, we need doctors like this to stand up and take back medicine! […]


Posted at: March 11th, 2015 - 4:59 pm - Number of Comments » 0

• On February 3 the UK House of Commons voted to make Britain the first country in the world to offer controversial ‘three-parent’ fertility treatments. This week the House of Lords sealed the deal. On February 24, by a vote of 280 to 48 the House of Lords gave final approval for scientists in the […]


Posted at: February 27th, 2015 - 7:12 pm - Number of Comments » 0

An informative interview with Prof Stuart Newman, Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy at New York Medical College, on the ethical concerns regarding “three-parent IVF” Prof. Newman isn’t the only scientist to caution against three-parent IVF. Prior to this month’s vote in the House of Commons, Dr Paul Knoepfler, a stem cell researcher and associate […]


Posted at: February 23rd, 2015 - 8:42 am - Number of Comments » 0

I was on The Mike Allen Show early this morning to talk about the troubling cultural embrace of 3-parent IVF and euthanasia http://www.reflectionsofaparalytic.com/audio/Mike-Allen-show-02-18-2015.m4a (Can’t see the player? Direct link to the episode here.) I didn’t get a chance to mention it on the show, but I encourage you all to sign this petition to stop […]


Posted at: February 18th, 2015 - 2:07 pm - Number of Comments » 0