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for freedom of scientific research

07/23/2014
Andrea Boggio
New irish guidelines on abortion require that a pregnant woman can have the termination or pregnancy certified (and thus performed) only when the life of the woman is in real danger, either for physical reasons, or due to suicidal intentions only an abortion could avoid that risk supervising clinicians had properly considered “the need to preserve unborn human life where practicable.” The guidelines also state that where a psychiatrist, having met with a pregnant woman, is of the view that she is suicidal and only a termination will avoid her suicide, the psychiatrist will...
07/22/2014
President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill on penalties for illegal abortion into law, the Kremlin announced on its website. The bill stipulates fines of 4,000 to 5,000 rubles ($143) for individuals, 10,000-30,000 ruble ($855) fines for officials and 100,000-150,000 ruble ($4,275) fines for legal entities. Previously, the proposed fine for officials had been close to 1 million rubles ($28,498). Starting January 12, 2012, there were new rules regulating abortion. A woman can have a pregnancy aborted until week 12 provided that she has been informed of the consequences and gives her...
07/11/2014
The  California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), a state agency with a US$3-billion budget for stem-cell research, is in need of more funding. Nature reports that “CIRM had to revamp its structure and practices in response to complaints about inefficiency and potential conflicts of interest. It has also had to adapt its mission to seismic shifts in stem-cell science” and that, as a result, its pockets need to be replenished.  CIRM began asking for an additional $5 billion contribution (plus $5 billion in interest) in 2016. CIRM was established in 2004 to ensure that...
07/10/2014
Researchers from Oregon Health & Science University show that, when pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) or stem cells created using a process called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) are compared, the genomic and epigenomic landscapes of the resulting cell types differ with the genomes of stem cells created through SCNT matching those of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) derived from early human embryos more closely. The present study is important because it is the first to compare the genetic variability of SCNT-derived cells to that of IVF ESCs. The somatic-to-stem-cell conversion results in...
07/08/2014
Hon Sophia Balod.
It’s 10:30 PM, and three girls are about to meet up at a fast food chain. A girl wearing a jacket arrives with her boyfriend, kisses him on the cheek and wishes him a safe ride home. The second girl is carrying a box of blueberry cheesecakes with the note: “It gets worse before it gets better.” A few minutes later, the last girl arrives, carrying a backpack. “Hoy, ang taba mo!” the girl in the jacket exclaims to the latecomer. Indeed, she seems to have gained weight but she...
07/07/2014
Deborah Condon
The first birth in Ireland involving the fertility technique, PGD (pre-implantation genetic diagnosis), has been confirmed by the Cork Fertility Centre. The healthy baby girl, Bridget, was born on June 27 at Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH). PGD allows people with a specific inherited condition the option of trying to avoid passing it on to their own children. People who are candidates for PGD include carriers of single gene defects, such as cystic fibrosis (CF), the most common genetic disease in Ireland. Other candidates include people who themselves are affected by...
06/30/2014
Lima: Peru finally put into effect a 90-year-old law allowing abortions in certain cases, after the government issued a new decree on how to apply the law. The new guidance covers abortions at up to 22 weeks of pregnancy and only when a mother's health or life is in danger. "To be applicable, abortion should be the only way to save a mother's life or avoid serious and permanent damage to her health," Health Minister Midori de Habich said Saturday, on the eve of guidance going into effect. De Habich noted that abortions in such cases had been theoretically permitted under a 1924 law, but...
06/27/2014
In August 1996, at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., a 39-year-old mechanical engineer from Pittsburgh named Maureen Ott became pregnant. Ott had been trying for almost seven years to conceive a child through in vitro fertilization. Unwilling to give up, she submitted to an experimental procedure in which doctors extracted her eggs, slid a needle through their shiny coat and injected not only her husband’s sperm but also a small amount of cytoplasm from another woman’s egg. When the embryo was implanted in Ott’s womb, she became the first woman on record to be successfully...
06/26/2014
In the world as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia imagines it, anti-abortion advocates resemble Eleanor McCullen, a self-described “mother and grandmother” who stands outside a reproductive-health clinic in Boston and attempts to gently “counsel” approaching women out of getting an abortion.He also sees lawmakers and judges conspiring to silence the voices of those like Ms. McCullen by establishing buffer zones on public sidewalks around those clinics. Out in the real world, of course, all anti-abortion advocates are not Ms. McCullen, and buffer-zone laws like the one in Massachusetts,...
06/11/2014
In January, Jordan passed a law to control research and therapy using human stem cells derived from embryos — the first such regulation in the Arab and Islamic region. Rana Dajani, who is associate professor of molecular cell biology at the Hashemite University in Zarqa, Jordan, and was part of the legislative initiative, writes Jordan has become the kingdom’s status as a health-care hub that draws patients from abroad and argues that this may be a model to other countries in the region.

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