NEWS ARCHIVE

"Controversial Killer Flu Research Paused," Wired Science, January 20, 2012

 

Geron is Shutting Down its Stem Cell Clinical Trials, NY Times, November 14, 2011

 

Ovarian Stimulation for IVF Treatment Increases Risk of Borderline Ovarian Tumors Late in Life, October 27, 2011 

 

GM Foods Toxins Found in the Blood of 93% of Unborn Babies 

 

U.S. Bioethics Commission Gives Green Light to Synthetic Biology, December 16, 2010

AHB NOTE:  Read open letter to Presidential Commission calling for a moratorium on synthetic biology.  This letter was signed by 58 civil society organizations in 22 countries.  

AHB COMMENT:  Feds Approve Controversial Biotechnology

 

U.S. Says Genes Should Not Be Eligible for Patents, October 29, 2010

 

Institute Doubles Down on Stem Cell Funding, August 21,2010

 

UC Berkeley will not send students DNA results, August 13, 2010, 
AHB COMMENT:   Academic freedom and the genetic testing of students

 

The Academic-Industrial Complex, July 31, 2010

 

 

"'Artificial Life' Breakthrough Announced by Scientists", May 20, 2010
AHB Note:  Synthetic Biology 
AHB Note:  Gushing Praise, Gushing Oil:  The Oil Industry-Synthetic Biology Connection

 

"College Bound, DNA Swab in Hand," May 18, 2010
AHB NOTE: Anything wrong with that?

 

NEWS ALERT:   California's Governor Schwarzenegger signs AB 1317 into law.  Egg broker advertisements seeking eggs from young women must now reference the health risks associated with egg extraction.     

To read a summary of scientific evidence in support of AB 1317, click here 

 

Arizona targets human-animal hybrids, April 30, 2010 

 

Indian Tribe Wins Fight to Limit Research of Its DNA, April 21, 2010

 

Judge Invalidates Human Gene Patent, March 29, 2010

 

Disease Cause is Pinpointed with Genome, New York Times, March 10, 2010  

 

Young Delhi women donating their eggs for quick bucks, February 10, 2010

 

"BIOFAB launches as world's first biological design-build facility," January 18, 2010. 
AHB Note:  This article reports on the launch of the world’s first open-source genetic parts production facility to support synthetic biology or "synbio."  What is synbio?  Why should we care?  Find out here.
 

 

Genetic Research Spurs Fight Over Patents Tied to the Body, The Wall Street Journal, December 10, 2009 

 

"NY to Pay for Eggs for Research," June 17, 2009

 

"Glowing Green Monkeys Illustrate Important but Controversial Advance," May 28, 2009

 

 

"A Baby Please.  Blond, Freckles -- Hold the Colic,"  February 12, 2009

 


 

"Glowing Green Monkeys Illustrate Important but Controversial Advance," May 28, 2009

 


"A Baby Please.  Blond, Freckles -- Hold the Colic,"  February 12, 2009

 


"F.D.A. Approves a Stem Cell Trial," January 23, 2009

 


"Scientists Develop Technique to Clone Frozen Mice," November 4, 2008
AHB NOTE:  See brief AHB comment, "The Big Chill:  Cloning the Dead?"

 


"Cell switch is step toward tissue repair,"  August 28, 2008

 


"Egg shortage hits race to clone human stem cells,"  June 11, 2008

 


"Scientists create first GM human embryo," May 11, 2008

AHB NOTE:  Without notifying the public, researchers at Cornell University have created the world's first genetically modified (GM) human embryos.  The United States stands as a largely unregulated maverick in a global community where many other countries have prohibited human genetic modification, seeking to avoid launching an era of "designer" children and "techno-eugenics" without public awareness or input.  After reading this notice from the independent watch-dog group, HumanGenetics Alert, GET ACTIVE and join others calling for a moratorium on "designer baby" technology.

 


"Bay Area bids for stem cell bonanza,"  May 7, 2008 

AHB NOTE:  This article reports how the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) is poised to disburse vast sums for the construction of new laboratories to conduct embryonic stem cell (ESC) research at California universities.   Here's what the article does not relate:   1) these new labs were planned, in part, because the Bush administration currently prohibits the federal funding of labs conducting research using ESCs derived after August 2001,  2) a Democratic presidential win in November will bring removal of such funding restrictions -- making California's construction of its new labs unnecessary,  3) California, billions of dollars in debt,  is cutting back on education and other elements of vital infrastructure,  3) ESC research -- highly speculative and flush with patenting possibilities for its scientist-entrepreneurs -- requires the eggs of young women, and 4) CIRM members are seeking ways to override the previous commitment not to pay women to compromise their health by undergoing the egg harvesting procedure necessary to acquire their eggs (see:  CIRM to Pay for Eggs? ).

 


"'Now we have the technology that can make a cloned child'," April 14, 2008

AHB NOTE:  There is no national prohibition of human reproductive cloning in the United States.

 

We have created human-animal hybrid embryos already, say British team,  April 2, 2008  
AHB NOTE:  The only opposition to the creation of human-animal embryos referenced by this article, as with most mainstream reportage, is that of religious groups.  Progressive critiques remain completely unacknowledged.  For a discussion of the hazards of human-animal hybrid research from a progressive viewpoint see the AHB commentary,  "Crossing Lines". Then visit: GET ACTIVE: Stop Human-Animal Embryos

 


CIRM to pay for eggs?

 

 

Stem Cell Experts Urge Reality Check, March 20. 2008

 

 

Stem Cell Therapy Controls Diabetes in Mice

AHB NOTE:  This article's headline gives no indication that the referred to "therapy" produced tumors in a number of the mice.

 

 

 

Giant Step Toward Artificial Life

AHB NOTE: After reading this article check out this incisive letter to the editor concerning ethicists paid to launder controversial biotech developments:  "Don't Let Paid Experts Make Ethical Judgments"

 

 

 

Scientists Make Human Embryo Clone, January 18, 2008

AHB NOTE:  There is no national prohibition of human reproductive cloning in the United States.

 

 

Stem Cell Researchers Claim Embryo Labs are Still a Necessity

AHB NOTE: 
After reading this article, click on the AHB Commentary, Reprogramming Cells which questions why embryonic stem cell research should be viewed as the stem cell research standard bearer. 

 

 

 

Synthetic DNA on the Brink of Yielding New Life Forms

AHB NOTE:
This Washington Post article relates how researchers will soon breach lines never crossed before by creating previously non-existent life forms out of completely synthetic DNA.  The blurry border between “natural” and “artificial” will be blended beyond recognition and evolutionary processes will be human-directed in ways previously unimagined.  Research boosters gleefully predict organisms that will create exotic fuels and drugs. Critics warn of virulent new pathogens for horrific use in bio-weaponry. Regardless of intent, the new organisms will be self-replicating.  Even in the best of circumstances, could their control, and the public’s safety, be ensured?  Should answering such a question be left to corporations that will profit lavishly from patents and sales?  Please encourage others you know to join the AHB Network to increase public scrutiny of these important issues.
 


Man Who Helped Start Stem Cell War May End It



Scientists Use Monkey Clones to Extract Stem Cells

AHB NOTE:
The lead researcher of this development reports he is "quite sure it will work in humans."  What are some of the unintended consequences of primate cloning? Read the AHB comment, Ushering in the New Eugenics.
 

 

'Embryo Bank' Stirs Ethical Fears: Firm Lets Clients Pick Among Fertilized Eggs