New form of stem-cell engineering raises ethical questions

Scientists are starting to assemble stem cells that can organize themselves into embryo like structures

As biological research races forward, ethical quandaries are piling up. In a report published Tuesday in the journal eLife, researchers at Harvard Medical School said it was time to ponder a startling new prospect: synthetic embryos. In recent years, scientists have moved beyond in vitro fertilization. They are starting to assemble stem cells that can organize themselves into … [Read more...]

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Planned Parenthood baby parts vendor StemExpress backs off of lawsuit against videomakers

Wholesaler of aborted fetal organs sued the Center for Medical Progress in attempt to suppress videotape of criminal profiteering

  LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11–StemExpress, the for-profit company that was one of Planned Parenthood’s biggest contractors to harvest and sell aborted baby body parts, is dropping its lawsuit against The Center for Medical Progress and walking away with nothing. CMP’s undercover videos exposed StemExpress in July 2015 as a major illegal vendor of aborted fetal organs … [Read more...]

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Will President Trump restrict embryonic stem cell research funding?

Tom Price, the president-elect's nominee to head HHS, has opposed embryonic stem cell research on moral grounds

For the first time in nearly a decade, biomedical scientists and companies are confronting a fundamental question: Will the government pay for research that involves human embryonic stem cells? Since the mid-2000s, research has dramatically expanded on stem cells, including those not derived from human embryos. There are currently more than 1,300 clinical trials on stem … [Read more...]

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Orange County DA files lawsuit against two companies for selling fetal tissue and stem cells

Fetal parts were selling at a profit margin of 70% or more

The following comes from an October 12 press release from the Orange County District Attorney: SANTA ANA, Calif – Today, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office filed a 21-page civil complaint alleging unlawful and unfair business practices against DV Biologics, DaVinci Biosciences, Andres Isaias, and Estefano Isaias. DaVinci Biosciences is jointly owned and operated … [Read more...]

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Select panel seeks charges against StemExpress

Will congress vote to hold baby part profiteer and Planned Parenthood partner in contempt?

The following comes from a September 21 Christian Newswire article: The Select Congressional Panel created to investigate Planned Parenthood voted unanimously today to recommend that Congress hold StemExpress and its CEO, Cate Dyer, in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas. House Democrats on the Select Panel attempted unsuccessfully to … [Read more...]

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President Bush’s stem-cell decision was the right one

Science has vindicated his decision to end the destruction of embryos

The following comes from an August 29 Crux article by Christopher White: Fifteen years ago this month, President George W. Bush announced he was issuing a moratorium on the future spending of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. He would later refer to this as one of the most consequential “Decision Points” (the title of his autobiography) of his … [Read more...]

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Brave new world beckons

The National Institutes of Health has announced its support for research of chimeras

The following comes from an August 5 Daily Signal article by David Prentice and Chuck Donovan: The National Institutes of Health has announced its support for expanded research into the development of chimeras, experimental genetic combinations of human beings and animals that, some experts say, may yield immense benefits in medical treatment and scientific knowledge. The … [Read more...]

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