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Reviews: news reviews (nucleus - February 2019)

is 'aid' always good? Strings Attached (1) is a documentary film produced by Culture of Life Africa, (2) in association with Lux Lab under the presidency of Obianuju Ekeocha. She is a speaker, social activist and specialist biomedical scientist. The film was launched at a preview event in the House of...

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the ethics of gene editing (nucleus - February 2019)

Before the completion of the Human Genome Project (HGP) in 2003, it was thought there were around 80,000 coding genes for proteins. One of the big surprises of the mapping was the actual number turning out to be around 25,000, and the rest of the DNA was initially written off...

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unborn children (nucleus - February 2019)

'Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.' (Psalm 139:16) Today's parents have access to images of their unborn child that would have been unthinkable only a couple of generations ago. Ultrasound allows us...

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genes, determinism & God (triple helix - autumn 2017)

There is a general perception that the bad old days of genetic determinism belonged to the earlier decades of the twentieth century. For more than half a century (roughly 1880-1940) it was widely believed that heredity determined race, class, mental health, and intelligence. Eugenic legislation ensured the compulsory sterilisation of...

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The Ethics of Gene Editing (triple helix - autumn 2017)

Before the completion of the Human Genome Project (HGP) in 2003, it was thought there were around 80,000 coding genes for proteins. One of the big surprises of the mapping was the actual number turning out to be around 25,000, and the rest of the DNA was initially written off...

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Nuffield Council on Bioethics: Genome Editing and Human Reproduction (update) (29/06/2017)

The Council has invited updates from its 2016 consultation on ethical issues around genome editing. Our submission to this new consultation is similar to the one we provided in 2016....
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Nuffield Council on Bioethics – Genome Editing (02/02/2016)

The Council has invited written submissions of evidence to inform its examination of ethical issues arising in relation to genome editing, an emerging family of biological techniques for making precise...
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Submission to the HFEA Review of scientific methods to avoid mitochondrial disease - 7 December 2012 (30/11/2012)

The UK government regulator for embryo research, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, is consulting on new proposals to allow scientists to create children with three, or even four, parents...
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Four steps forward, five steps back (triple helix - spring 2012)

Review by Steve Fouch CMF Head of Allied Professions Ministries The last year has seen some significant changes relating to global major health problems. We saw that maternal mortality in the developing world was less than had been previously reported, (1) there were improvements in child health (2) and...

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A theological diagnosis (triple helix - Christmas 2011)

This unusual book includes chapters on theology, genetic techniques and faith healing. The surprising link is the author's experience with the L'Arche community. He reviews the literature on the theology of disability and explains his personal theology of grace and concern for each individual known by name. An unnecessarily detailed...

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