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Critics find dodgy ethics in 'three-parent baby' conception

The use of a technique to conceive a “three-parent baby” dodged U.S. law and, critics say, may further alter the... Read more

The problem with killing coma patients for their organs

There are severe ethical shortcomings in a British doctor's proposal to help unconscious patients die so their organs can be... Read more

Fertility treatments fall short of expectations

Tech giants’ new policies offering egg freezing options as a work benefit overlook the technique’s “highly problematic” failure rates and... Read more

Ethicist: IVF mix-up shows danger of artificial reproduction

The accidental swapping of children conceived through IVF procedures before implantation, which recently occurred in Italy, points to the moral... Read more

Msgr. James P. Shea, President of the University of Mary in North Dakota.

University of Mary adds bioethics program to roster

The University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., has teamed up with the National Catholic Bioethics Center to offer its students... Read more

A laboratory scientist documents research findings.

Stunning adult stem cell developments evoke hope, caution

Remarkable advancements in stem cell biology are enabling scientists to reprogram mature cells into a variety of different tissues –... Read more

Marie Hilliard, director of bioethics and public policy at the National Catholic Bioethics Center. (File Photo/CNA).

Ethicist: Texas end-of-life debate must consider unborn child

Debate over requiring life support for a reportedly brain-dead pregnant woman should remember both the imperative not to provide excessive... Read more

A view of St. Paul's Hospital.

Catholic bioethicist advises caution in Jahi McMath case

The “tragic” case of teenage girl Jahi McMath – now at the center of a legal controversy over brain death... Read more

Embryonic Stem Cells.

Quest for ethical stem cells prompts moral questions

The first human trials for the treatment of blindness using induced pluripotent stem cells has brought the hope of creating... Read more

Father Scott Borgman poses for a photo during a June 7, 2013 interview with CNA in Rome.

Pontifical Academy starts 'Friends for Life'

The Pontifical Academy for Life has started a group called “Friends for Life” to expand its network around the world.  Read more

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley of Boston speaks at a press conference for the 2012 USCCB Fall General Assembly.

Cardinal 'deeply' troubled by human cloning development

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley called the successful production of embryonic stem cells by cloning human embryos an “abuse” which ignores... Read more

A portrait of Shinya Yamanaka.

Nobel-winning stem cell work helps curtail embryonic research

Moral theologian Father Thomas Berg is praising the work of Shinya Yamanaka, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize in... Read more

Jennifer Lahl, president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network.

Rise in surrogate pregnancies raises ethical concerns

An increase in the practice of surrogate pregnancy is leading to health risks, ethical concerns and a problematic understanding of... Read more