Colton Wooten is the child of a single mother who used a sperm donor to become pregnant. At 18 years of age, Colton has his essay, “A Father’s Day Plea to Sperm Donors,” in the New York Times. He is clearly well read, well informed, and was well raised. Yet, in a trend that […]
Patrick Lin asks one of the more intriguing questions I’ve heard in a good long while:
My suggestion is this: If creating children is morally unproblematic, then so is creating autonomous robots, unless we can identify morally relevant differences between the two acts.
Of course, we instinctively want to defend our right […]
Natural conception, that is, the creation of a zygote with the intention to reproduce via the unprotected act of sexual intercorse, will be banned. To treat a future person’s genetic make-up with such reckless negligence will be seen as a gross failure of parental responsibility.
Definition of an Unthinkable here.
Apparently watching “16 and Pregnant” is an awesome form of abortion prevention. Double X’s Jessica Grose covers a new survey “The Millennials, Religion and Abortion” and how the newest generation thinks:
In addition to asking their subjects the usual questions (religious affiliation, race, etc.) the researchers turned up four more novel factors that they […]
I couldn’t resist aping Science Progress‘ headline. Actually, the article is about a new diagnostic test for genetic problems in early fetuses. This new test, called NIPD, is less risky for the fetus and the woman.
The fetal gene tests now offered are far from a walk in the park. For amniocentesis, a long […]
A small legal case might determine if every father gets a genetic test for parenthood at birth.
Nina Montepagani always felt the entry under “father” was not literally true. “I felt like I didn’t belong anywhere,” she said recently. There had been clues: oddly similar names, family stories and a piece of paper with […]
The Guardian reports a new test for Down Syndrome is undergoing clinical trials in the UK:
The test could replace existing surgical techniques used to diagnose the genetic disorder in unborn babies. These techniques cause about one in 100 women to miscarry.
Researchers say the new test will be cheap and simple enough for […]
Philip Bail at New Scientist grapples with what he calls the “Frankenstein Syndrome,” that is, why are we so afraid of making people?
Some versions of the Prometheus story of Greek mythology say that he not only gave technological knowledge to humankind but actually created human beings. And the legendary inventor Daedalus was said […]
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