Tag Archives: Faking Life

Artificial Wombs: What’s Really Needed

A recent article in Nature Communications announces the development of a kind of artificial womb (or extracorporeal gestational system). So far it has been used to further the development of premature lambs. Technology website Gizmodo breaks down the technical journal … Continue reading

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Ethics and Embryo Editing

In a world where it seems the news is endlessly dominated by events in and around the White House, one story this week has clearly broken through: U.S.-based researchers have succeeded in editing the genes in human embryos. This news … Continue reading

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Breaking News: “Scientists create a part-human, part-pig embryo”

The Washington Post is reporting that scientists have for the first time created an embryo that is part human and part pig. The long-term goal is to provide organs for transplant, given that the need for organs always runs well … Continue reading

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We Don’t Yet Fully Understand all of the Implications

NPR recently ran an article on the latest developments in the area of “three-parent embryos.” Such embryos are being created in an effort to help those who carry a genetic defect in their mitochondrial DNA. The article is a long … Continue reading

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New Survey Reveals Americans Wary of Faking Life

A number of outlets are reporting this week on a new survey that reveals a wariness among American adults toward biotechnologies that can be used for enhancement purposes. The survey of 4,700 adults also involved six focus groups to allow … Continue reading

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How Much Further Down the Road of Artifice Should We Travel?

The cover story in July 4 edition of Time magazine examines the gene editing technique known as CRISPR. The article is helpful for understanding the basics of the science of CRISPR, and it raises a number of the ethical issues … Continue reading

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Top Ten Posts (#4) #TBT

We’re using #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) to count down the top ten all time most popular posts here at CBC-Network.org. This week’s entry, #4, is Wesley Smith’s examination of the core beliefs and goals of transhumanism. From “The Trouble with … Continue reading

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Christmas List in Three Words

Have you seen the #XmasListIn3Words meme going around around on social media? Here are a few three-word Christmas wishes we have: Stop Think Again Comfort Not Kill Stop Surrogacy Now No Human Cloning Truly Human Future

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What to Watch

When Jennifer and I went to UC Irvine a few weeks ago to show Breeders, I casually referenced the film Gattaca during the Q&A that followed the screening. Even as I was saying it, I wondered how many people in … Continue reading

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Singularity Documentary

Anyone interested in where science, medicine, biotechnology, and information technology are headed should be interested in the concept of the singularity. Helpfully, a documentary has just been released that topic. In an interview with The Atlantic, the filmmaker reveals a … Continue reading

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