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Claims that GM embryos will help boost IVF success rates are pure spin

Claims by the Times newspaper (and the BBC) that allowing GM embryos will ‘give a massive boost to IVF success rates’ are pure spin aimed at seducing regulators into giving a green light for highly controversial research. Research scientist Dr Kathy Niakan, from the Francis Crick […]

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Designing our descendants: Brave New Britain takes the lead again

There will be a number of individuals who will be absolutely delighted to hear that UK scientists are likely to be allowed to genetically engineer human embryos in the lab for the first time, using a powerful and efficient new technology. John Harris and Julian […]

Rape and fatal fetal abnormality: is legalising abortion the answer?

  A high court judge ruled last week that Northern Ireland’s near ban on abortion breaches the human rights of women and girls, including rape victims. This ruling will affect women who are pregnant after rape or incest, and women carrying a fetus with a […]

Why is the government giving preferential treatment to those backing compulsory sex education in schools?

Campaigners are pushing for sex and relationships education (SRE) to be made compulsory in all English schools (see here, here and here). Currently local authority maintained schools in England are obliged (See House of Commons briefing) to teach SRE from age 11 (year 7) upwards, […]

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New tests for pregnant women are discriminatory, so who is driving them and why?

The NHS is considering introducing a new test for pregnant women that will make it much easier to detect and search out any babies with Down Syndrome (DS) or other chromosomal differences. We have covered in more detail some of the issues that these new […]