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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

The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network has compiled their list for the “Winners and Losers” in bioethics for 2014. Winners include: Kathleen Sloan, board member for the National Organization for Women and a regular consultant for the CBC. Human biotechnology creates strange bedfellows. Although Sloan is a committed abortion rights advocate, she has also […]


Posted at: January 8th, 2015 - 5:08 am - Number of Comments » 0

At the National Right to Life Convention this summer I caught up with Dr. David Prentice, Senior Fellow for Life Sciences at Family Research Council, and chatted with him a bit about the current status of the great “stem cell debate”, how scientists are tinkering with human life these days and what, if any, positive […]


Posted at: November 13th, 2014 - 11:50 pm - Number of Comments » 0

Rebecca Taylor reviews the latest teen dystopian future trilogy to hit the big screen: I…want to thank Veronica Roth for tackling tough issues in biotechnology in a way young people love. I hope this trilogy gives them pause in a world that thinks science can solve any problem. I hope they see that being human […]


Posted at: July 24th, 2014 - 9:35 am - Number of Comments » 0

• Researchers have discovered that instead of simply being an extra copy of each of the genes on chromosome 21, trisomy 21 has an effect on the expression of genes on other chromosomes. Rebecca Taylor observes how this new discovery has implications for the future of human genetic engineering. • Judie Brown explains why personhood […]


Posted at: May 2nd, 2014 - 3:19 pm - Number of Comments » 0