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There are powerful financial vested interests rolling out NIPT for Down’s Syndrome

The government yesterday approved a new test for pregnant women that will make it much easier to detect and search out any babies with Down’s Syndrome (DS) (see previous CMF blog posts here, here, here and here). According to the BBC, the non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) […]

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Three parent baby report leaves many unanswered questions

News has broken this week of the birth of the first baby to be created with DNA from three people, using a controversial new technology. The story has gained particular publicity and notoriety because the technique, developed to avoid passing on rare genetic disorders, is […]

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Gene Drives: the ethics of destroying a species to save human lives

If one had the power to save millions of human lives by exterminating a whole species, could we and should we do so?  Ethical questions like this have been around in one form or another in text books, seminar halls and popular science fiction shows […]

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How to make a story out of a non-story: hype, hubris and motherless embryos

I did not plan to write a blog on the ‘motherless babies’ story. I assumed that mainstream journalists would read at least some of the detail of new research that has combined sperm with non-egg cells to produce 30 mouse pups that then went on […]

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Young women are unknowingly putting their health at risk for £500

Journalists and commentators covering the ‘three parent’ embryos news consistently fail to consider, let alone ask the scientists about, an important ethical and safety question of direct relevance to women. There are plenty of questions asked about whether the new research will be safe for […]