UNMC update PLUS Drugs to Treat COVID-19

NCER Comments: As part of an NIH randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial, UNMC is currently studying the effects of the antiviral drug Remdesivir on COVID-19 patients. Outcomes seen as quickly as within 15 days are being monitored by a national independent safety board, and the unofficial results are positive so far. The UNMC “Quarantine Unit” (in […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine Update

NCER Comments: Several COVID-19 vaccines are currently in development and being tested on a small number of humans. Janssen Pharmaceutical (Johnson & Johnson), Moderna and the University of Pittsburgh have chosen to use fetal cell lines obtained from abortions to create their vaccines, while Sanofi-Pasteur and Inovio are utilizing ethical sources such as insects and […]

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UN official Criticizes ‘Liberal Eugenics’ based on Disabilities

NCER Comments: A UN official is drawing attention to the dangers of prenatal testing, selective abortion and IVF pre-implantation genetic screening because these procedures are precursors to euthanizing fetuses and newborns with disabilities. This practice vigorously promotes social discrimination of the disabled and consumer-driven eugenics. Every human being, no matter the imperfections, deserve...

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Embryo Research to Reduce Need for In Vitro Fertilization Raises Ethical Concerns

NCER Comments: In Mexico, women were paid to be artificially inseminated and then donate the resulting embryos for research. The women had to receive powerful hormone therapy, which carries considerable health risks, both immediate and long term. The goal of the study was to find a procedure that allowed parents with genetic abnormalities to give birth to healthy […]

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Ethical Issues Surrounding Egg Donation in Genome Editing Research

NCER Comments Are women who receive payment to donate their eggs able to fully understand the health risks (possibly cancer or  death) entailed so as to give informed consent? Additionally, does this practice violate the ethical principle of Justice by taking advantage of vulnerable poor women? NCER believes this policy is unethical because it debases women and treats […]

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He Jiankui faces three years in prison for CRISPR babies

MIT Technology Review The Chinese scientist and two associates were sentenced after a secret trial. by Antonio Regalado Dec 30, 2019   The Chinese scientist who created the world’s first gene-edited children has been sentenced to three years in prison by a Chinese court. He Jiankui, a biophysicist trained at Rice University and Stanford, shocked the […]

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Products That Use Aborted Fetuses

NCER Notes: Is it ethical to use aborted fetal tissue in research? The practice of using aborted fetal tissue has been in the news lately with the trial of journalist David Daleiden, who filmed Planned Parenthood abortionists admitting they change their procedures in order to sell the “freshest” aborted fetal tissue to researchers. This kind […]

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The newest gene editor radically improves on CRISPR

NCER Notes: Research has shown that the CRISPR gene editing tool (which cuts out and replaces diseased DNA) holds great potential for healing disease, but currently poses a significant risk to humans due to frequent unintended mistakes, or “off-target” mutations in DNA. A solution is being pursued, but in the meantime, a new kind of […]

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