Human Rights

Human rights law and discourse help to ensure respect for individual worth and the common good in the face of powerful biotechnologies. Claims to universal human rights depend, in part, on formal recognition of our common humanity. Many countries and international declarations use human rights as a broad framework for establishing policies regarding human biotechnologies. Examples include the Council of Europe's Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine and UNESCO's Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights, both of which reject biotechnology applications that would alter the genomes of future generations.


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People hoping to be parents in the UK are being sold “false hope” by foreign IVF clinics claiming success rates as high as 98 per cent based on highly selective data, the national fertility regulator has warned.

These clinics are...

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Women are unfairly paying the price for men's falling fertility,  scientists have warned.

Mens sperm counts have reduced by more than 50 per cent worldwide since the 1970s with chemicals in the environment, pollution, steroids, protein shakes, and even...

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Saginaw attorney Philip Ellison has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of nine parents whose infants' blood was taken and...

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In a disappointing and deeply divided opinion released today, the California Supreme Court upheld a state law law mandating DNA...

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