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  • BioEdge: Gene editing technique makes pig organ transplants possible
    in all pigs DNA can be transmitted to humans where they may cause disease This has resulted in a worldwide moratorium on pig to human transplants In the past strategies for reducing the risk of PERV transmission to humans during transplantation have had limited success But by using the CRISPR technique Church and his colleagues believe that they have reduced PERV infectivity by 1000 fold Technically the research is very impressive In an article in Science the researchers reported that they had managed to modify more than 60 genes in pig embryos ten times more than have been edited in any other animal According to Nature A biotech company that Church co founded to produce pigs for organ transplantation eGenesis in Boston is working on making the process as cheap as possible MORE ON THESE TOPICS genetic engineering xenotransplantation This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/gene-editing-technique-makes-pig-organ-transplants-possible/11612 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    first in animal to human transplantation Jared Yee 18 December 2010 Comments tags xenotransplantation Type 1 diabetes treatment uses cells grown in pigs Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia 13

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/xenotransplantation (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: UK scientists call for debate on designer babies
    fertility regulator will need to be prepared because they re going to have to deal with this issue Changing the DNA could remove genetic diseases from a bloodline but it would also be genetic engineering Obviously in the UK this is not allowed and there would have to be a change in regulations which I suspect would have enormous problems Professor Robin Lovell Badge of the UK Medical Research Council said But it is something that needs to start to be debated There has been a blanket ban on germ line therapy so there needs to be a debate about that and some rational thought rather than knee jerk reactions that No you can t possibly do that A spokesman for the UK s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority commented We keep a watchful eye on scientific developments of this kind and welcome discussions about future possible developments MORE ON THESE TOPICS designer babies genetic engineering This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/uk_scientists_call_for_debate_on_designer_babies/11296 (2016-02-18)
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  • Is it ethical to grow human organs in pigs?
    human chimeras There has been significant moral debate over the latter and similar arguments could be used against the former As the authors state Injecting human PSCs into animal embryos could theoretically risk the resulting animal itself developing human physical or mental features such as human limb development or neuronal development Ultimately they claim such concerns are unfounded There is a morally relevant difference between a mere organ and a chimera that has human neuronal or reproductive capacities In the absence of any adverse consequences objections based on human dignity are deprived of most of their force There are also attendant concerns about the possibility of zoonosis the interspecific transmission of viral or bacterial disease Whilst certain aspects of the proposed procedure minimise this risk there is nevertheless still some risk A deadly zoonosis could theoretically kill millions of people and one might question whether the benefits of creating a new source of organs is worth outweighing the potential harms flowing from even a small risk of zoonosis In their conclusion the authors assert More research is required in order to clarify several uncertainties about viability and safety and several concerns remain regarding the human features problem animal welfare and human dignity The overall tenor of the article is nevertheless quite positive As Dr David Shaw stated in a recent blog post While this source of organs is not entirely without risks we believe that they are worth taking MORE ON THESE TOPICS chimeras genetic engineering organ transplants This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/is_it_ethical_to_grow_human_organs_in_pigs/11213 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    on humanized animals Michael Cook 01 October 2011 Comments tags chimeras cybrids Germany The German Ethics Council Deutscher Ethikrat has recommended that researchers be allowed to insert human genes into mice in a major report on human animal mixtures UK s fertility secrets Michael Cook 23 July 2011 Comments tags chimeras HFEA IVF UK Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/chimeras (2016-02-18)
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  • David Pearce on the hedonistic imperative
    the futurist magazine IO8 Pearce spoke of our headonistic imperative to genetically alter all sentient life such that there is no suffering on earth Human and nonhuman animals are alike in an ethically critical respect No sentient being wants to be harmed to be asphyxiated dismembered or eaten alive Pearce argues that we should get rid of predation through genetically re engineering the biosphere Pearce believes that technologies such as CRISPR will allow us to selectively edit out undesirable genes from the genetic code of all kinds of sentient life Even sober minded scientists describe the CRISPR revolution as jaw dropping Gene drives can spread genetic changes to the rest of the population Pearce believes that we could get to a point where there was no suffering whatsover on the earth there is nothing to stop intelligent agents from identifying the molecular signature of experience below hedonic zero and eliminating it altogether even in insects I tentatively predict that the world s last unpleasant experience in our forward light cone will be a precisely datable event perhaps some micro pain in an obscure marine invertebrate a few centuries hence Pearce believes that such a life would be a near utopia If we get things right the future of life in the universe can be wonderful beyond the bounds of human imagination a triple S civilisation of superlongevity superintelligence and superhappiness Pearce claims that we can create a more engaging world than the dull existence of the characters of Brave New World Many are sceptical MORE ON THESE TOPICS genetic engineering hedonistic imperative utilitarianism This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/should_we_eliminate_all_suffering_in_the_world/11090 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Pearce believes we can have such a life and indeed that we have a moral imperative to pursue it Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Canada s

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/hedonistic+imperative (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Dan Brown’s latest thriller tackles transhumanism
    highbrow trivia European travel guides and clunky prose into dollars has framed transhumanism as the most dangerous threat to the future of mankind Brown says that transhumanism is a movement to change the destiny of humanity through genetic engineering In Inferno the villain is obsessed with over population and creates a virus which will make one third of the world s population infertile thus reducing the population dramatically in a single generation From an interview in Time t it appears that Brown himself believes that the world is seriously over populated and that extreme measures are needed to curb population growth The publisher describes Inferno as one hell of a read Perhaps that is true in more senses than one MORE ON THESE TOPICS genetic engineering population control transhumanism This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please enable JavaScript to view

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/dan_browns_latest_thriller_tackles_transhumanism/10526 (2016-02-18)
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