Hello, again, Dolly

(The Economist) – IN THE summer of 1996 Karen Mycock, a cell biologist, was attending a wedding in the Scottish highlands. Returning to her hotel to change her hat, she found a fax pushed under her door. It said: “She’s … Read More

Gene Editing, Clones and the Science of Making Babies

(The Economist) – Such methods separate sexual intercourse from reproduction. Most of them bring the possibility of choosing which embryo will live, and which will die. At first they can seem bewildering—disgusting, even. But one thing experience has shown is … Read More

A New Edition of NanoEthics Is Now Available

NanoEthics (vol. 10, no. 3, 2016) is available online by subscription only. Articles include: “A Lay Ethics Quest for Technological Futures: About Tradition, Narrative and Decision-Making” by Simone van der Burg “Contrasting Medical Technology with Deprivation and Social Vulnerability. Lessons for the Ethical … Read More

Road Map for Addressing Ethical Concerns Tied to Research on Human-Animal Hybrids

(Eurkealert) – A new bioethical framework for addressing concerns surrounding potentially revolutionary research on human-animal embryos is publishing on Aug. 30, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology. Human-animal embryos, called chimeras, can be produced when human stem cells are … Read More

What Ever Happened to Cloning?

(U.S. News & World Report) – So why did it never catch on? One reason is that researchers have a hard time arguing that there’s a dire social need for cloning a whole person: Much that can be learned from … Read More

Cloned Sheep Age Normally

(The Scientist) – When Dolly the sheep became the world’s first cloned animal, some researchers raised concerns that animals conceived using this technique would suffer health problems as they aged. But new research suggests that animals cloned using somatic cell … Read More

Cloning for Medicine: The Miracle That Wasn’t

(Medical Xpress) – When Dolly the cloned sheep was born 20 years ago on July 5, many hailed mankind’s new-found mastery over DNA as a harbinger of medical miracles such as lab-grown transplant organs. Others trembled at the portent of … Read More

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