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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 Ethics 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.

Human Enhancement Ethics Statement

Ethics Statements | April 30, 2015

At its annual meeting during the 2015 CMDA National Convention, the House of Representatives unanimously approved a new ethics statement on human enhancement.

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