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Why Easy Stem Cells Raise Hard Ethical Questionsby Brendan FohtThe Public DiscourseFebruary 11th, 2014A surprising new method for making stem cells offers scientists an easy alternative to destroying human embryos. But there is a disturbing possibility that the technique may create not stem cells but actual cloned embryos.
Google's Kurzweil Says the Machines will Think for Themselves by 2040, and oh ó We'll be Immortalby Jon XavierSilicon Valley Business JournalFebruary 10th, 2014Kurzweil is trying to bring about technological singularity ó creating a true artificial intelligence smart enough to improve its own source code. He is also involved in one of Google's side projects, Calico, whose goal is ending aging.
Why Family Caregivers Should Care for their Families' Genetic Inheritance Data[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Dr. Gordon AtherleyVoice AmericaFebruary 10th, 2014Marcy Darnovsky and Jeff Nisker discuss the benefits and risks associated with the use of familiesí genetic inheritance data for research and for medical treatment.
Questions Relating to 'Mitochondrial Replacement'by Calum MacKellarBioNewsFebruary 10th, 2014The term 'mitochondrial replacement' misrepresents reality while making it difficult for the general public to make an informed decision about the procedures and the grave ethical difficulties they raise for both individuals and the whole of society.
Whole Genome Testing Used to Guide Breast Cancer Treatmentby Barbara CzubBioNewsFebruary 10th, 2014Whole genome testing has been used to guide tailored treatment against advanced breast cancer in a group of 43 patients.
Letís Keep the Door to Biotechnological Eugenics Closed by Enola AirdMomsRisingFebruary 10th, 2014The Food and Drug Administration will hold a public meeting this month to discuss oocyte modification and "three-parent babies." Here are three reasons to forego this kind of experimentation.
Egg Donorís Death: Internal Bleeding, Ovaries Severely Enlarged, Says Reportby Pritha ChatterjeeThe Indian ExpressFebruary 9th, 2014An initial post-mortem report has now been released for 23-year-old Yuma Sherpa, who died after an egg donation procedure at an IVF clinic in Lajpat Nagar on January 29.
The Path to Reading a Newbornís DNA Mapby Anne EisenbergThe New York TimesFebruary 8th, 2014What if laboratories could run comprehensive DNA tests on infants at birth? Should parents be told of each variation, even if any risk is still unclear? Would they even want to know?
Opinion: Women Don't Need Any More Big Liesby Tanya SelvaratnamCNNFebruary 8th, 2014In The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock, I explore many Big Lies. One is that women can delay motherhood until we're ready and rely on science to make it happen for us.
IngeniousThe EconomistFebruary 8th, 2014It sounds like science fiction, but gene therapy ó introducing copies of healthy genes into people who lack them, to treat disease ó is looking as if it may become science fact.
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