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Gene Editing of Human Beings

Articles | By David Prentice, PhD | June 01, 2018

In this article from the summer 2018 edition of Today's Christian Doctor, Dr. David Prentice discusses how genetic engineering has the potential for great benefit and great harm.

Genetic Information and Manipulation Technologies Position Statement

Ethics Statements | May 03, 2018

As genetic knowledge increases and technologies to manipulate genes become more powerful, our need for wisdom in application intensifies. In regard to human genetics in particular, the conditions that allow for hubris call for an even greater measure of humility.

A Review of “Sexual Orientation Change Efforts, Professional Psychology, and the Law”

The Point Blog | By Andrè Van Mol, MD | April 25, 2018

In an article released in the BYU Journal of Public Law, Dr. Christopher Rosik examines the history of sexual orientation change effort/therapy (SOCE) bans and what they reveal about the interplay of professional psychology, political advocacy and cultural change. In this blog post, Dr. Andre Van Mol reviews his findings and how these bans affect healthcare professionals.

How We Got Where We Are: Same-Sex Reproduction

There are many examples of issues that were once unthinkable slowly becoming somewhat accepted, then becoming ordinary and commonplace, and eventually, for many in society, becoming the new standard of normality. In this week’s blog post, Dr. Robert Cranston discusses one of these issues that uses human embryonic stem cells.

New Chinese Study Opens Ethical Can of Worms

A recent report of a “serious blood disorder” corrected by “chemical surgery” sounds like a dream come true. Ian Sample’s article in The Guardian also made the process sound efficient and clean, even sterile. However, a look behind the headline reveals some important facts to consider. Dr. Joy Riley explores the ethical issues in this week’s blog.

Gene Editing to Make Better Human Beings?

The Point Blog | By David Prentice, PhD | September 14, 2017

Gene editing has potential for great benefit but also for great evil. In the medical realm, great advances are possible, but this dual-use technology also could be used to design children, weaponize biological agents or even alter or dehumanize our concept of humanity. Dr. David Prentice explores how gene editing can be dangerous for healthcare professionals and their patients in this week’s blog post.

Crossing the Bright Red Line: Editing Human Beings

A team of researchers in Portland, Oregon recently became the first to attempt to create genetically modified human embryos. Dr. Joy Riley discusses how this work by is germline engineering and crosses a line that heretofore has been a bright red line. 

Three Parent Human Embryos Position Statement

Ethics Statements | May 08, 2017

CMDA affirms that all children—including those who are biologically flawed—are gifts from God, a heritage of their mother and father to be cherished, nurtured, and guided. Parents’ obligation to protect their children’s health extends also to healthcare professionals.

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