The Brave New World of Three-Parent I.V.F.

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

Russia introduces fines for illegal abortion.

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

Ireland: abortion guidelines spark condemnation on all sides

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

First Irish birth involving PGD.

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

Abortion in the Philippines: A true story

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

Stem cell research in the US: More money to/from state initiatives?

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

A Unanimous Supreme Court: Abortion Rights Lose a Buffer.

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.

Abnormalities in human pluripotent cells due to reprogramming mechanisms

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

Peru finally implements abortion law after 90 years.

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