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Frozen embryos.

Ethical concerns raised as human embryonic gene editing continues in US

A scientist at Columbia University in New York is conducting controversial gene-editing experiments on human embryos, according to a recent... Read more

Next step toward artificial reproduction violates human fundamentals, ethicist warns

Artificial human reproduction appears to be on the horizon with Japanese scientists’ claim to have created immature human eggs from... Read more

Human embryos.

Embryo gene-editing poses inescapable ethical problems, critic says

Genetic editing of human embryos, even in special circumstances, ignores the complex ethical problems related to creating and destroying human... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the International Federation of Associations of Catholic Physicians at the Vatican, May 28, 2018.

'The Church is for life', Francis tells Catholic physicians

Ideologies which do not acknowledge and uphold the dignity of human life must be resisted and the Catholic Church’s teaching... Read more

The fertility doctor who impregnated a patient - and the ethics of procreation

A woman who discovered that her biological father is the fertility doctor who helped her mother conceive has filed a... Read more

New technology could produce babies from skin cells - and that's a problem

Within the next 10-20 years, a new and controversial fertility technology called in vitro gametogenesis could make it possible to... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 11, 2017.

End of life care must acknowledge our mortality, Francis reminds physicians

In a message to medical professionals Thursday, Pope Francis said that when it comes to end-of-life care, treatments should always... Read more

Catholic health care growth a benefit, not a threat, ethicist says

A research paper that depicts the growth of Catholic health care as a threat to reproductive health ignores the attraction... Read more

Child cancer patient.

A bioethicist's take on child cancer treatment that uses gene therapy

A new genetic modification therapy designed for treating pediatric leukemia is a promising development, said a Catholic bioethicist.  Read more


First human embryos edited in the USA. Here's why it's problematic.

Researchers in Oregon have announced that they have successfully altered genes in a human embryo for the first time in... Read more

Why head transplants won't disprove the existence of God

With plans for the first human head transplant surgery looming in the next year, a lead doctor on the formidable... Read more

Catholic hospital sued for denying sex reassignment surgery

A lawsuit has been filed against a Catholic hospital in California for refusing an elective hysterectomy to a female who... Read more

CRISPR-CAS9 gene editing complex from Streptococcus pyogenes.

Catholics shouldn't totally reject human gene editing – but it still has ethical problems

Recent American guidelines for human gene modification have raised important ethical questions, especially with regard to modifying the genes of... Read more

Bionic eye (CC0 1.0).

Can we delete death? Transhumanism's lofty goal meets a Catholic response

It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie – being able to “upload” our minds to computers to live... Read more

Why is gendercide wrong and screening for Down syndrome okay, advocates ask

Is it ok to abort a baby who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome? What about if you find out... Read more

Vatican unveils updated healthcare charter as new ethical questions arise

The Vatican has issued an updated version of their charter for healthcare workers, removing question marks from modern ethical concerns... Read more

Who you gonna call (on murky moral issues)? Catholic bioethicists

What would you do if you're a young medical student who was told that you must participate in abortion in... Read more

Sofia Vergara.

Sofia Vergara is being sued by her own frozen embryos

Emma and Isabella are suing their mother, Sofia Vergara, according to court documents obtained by the New York Post.  Read more

The US capitol building.

Democrats, pro-lifers spar over Planned Parenthood investigation

Following Democratic claims that a House panel investigating Planned Parenthood has found no wrongdoing, pro-life leaders have fired back that... Read more

A scientist holds a petri dish. File Photo.

What are human-animal chimeras, and why are they problematic?

After the National Institutes of Health proposed federal funding of projects to possibly create a human-animal hybrid, Catholic ethicists voiced... Read more