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The Ethical Issues of CRISPR/Cas9 Technology:Aspiring Towards Perfection or Annihilation?

NCER President Carol Szczepaniak, recently had the opportunity to present at the 4th Annual Biopharmaceutical Research & Development Symposium at the University Nebraska Medical Center for the Department of Pharmceutical Sciences: College of Pharmacy. Following is the abstract for her presentation on this widely debated topic making news across the world. If you would like […]

NCER Open Letter to FDA Committee Regarding Gene Editing

Attn: Michael Berrios The Committee on Ethical and Social Policy Considerations of Novel Techniques for Prevention of Maternal Transmission of Mitochondrial DNA Diseases   Dear Committee Members: There are at least five reasons why the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Coalition for Ethical Research recommends that the FDA deny licensure for the use of […]

The NCER Position on Aborted Fetal Tissue Research

POSITION SUMMARY The Nebraska Coalition for Ethical Research (NCER) opposes the use of human fetal tissue or cells derived from induced abortions. Such use involves complicity with the immoral act of abortion and violates the principle of informed consent. NCER supports the use of human fetal tissue derived from naturally occurring deaths such as miscarriages, […]

Supercharging Stem Cells to Create New Therapies

As seen in Science Daily:July 3, 2015 Source:University of Adelaide Summary: A new method for culturing stem cells has been developed, which sees the highly therapeutic cells grow faster and stronger. Stem cell therapy is showing promising signs for transplant patients, and the IL-17 treated stem cells should be even more effective at preventing and […]

Gene-Sequence Swap Using CRISPR to Cure Hemophilia

As seen in Science Daily – July 23, 2015 Source: Institute for Basic Science Summary: For the first time, chromosomal defects responsible for hemophilia have been corrected in patient-specific iPSCs using CRISPR-Cas9 nucleases. Hemophilia A occurs in about 1 in 5,000 male births and almost half of severe cases are caused by identified “chromosomal inversions.” […]

NCER states position on use of CRISPR/Cas-9

Nebraska Coalition for Ethical Research encourages the continued use of CRISPR/Cas-9 in animal research and in adult human cell cultures as a means toward it’s eventual safe and efficacious use for the correction of disease genes in adult human beings. NCER agrees with the calls for a self-imposed moratorium and an international meeting on the […]