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Human embryos.

First reported synthetic human embryo sparks ethical concerns, creates questions

Jun 19, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Cambridge University researchers developed the world’s first synthetic human embryo models using stem cells but without using an egg or... Read more

Catholic columnist: ‘Brave new world’ of embryo experimentation could sharpen Communion debate

Jun 24, 2021

Recent developments regarding experimentation on human embryos could force a larger conflict between Catholic Democratic politicians and U.S. bishops on... Read more

Human Embryo.

Bioethicists deplore relaxation of 14-day limit on human embryo research

Jun 3, 2021

By CNA Staff

The International Society for Stem Cell Research has dropped the decades-old rule. Read more

A dewar with liquid nitrogen straws with frozen embryos and egg cells.

Embryonic IQ tests could ‘screen’ for less intelligent children, firm says

Nov 22, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

A company claims to have developed a new test that will permit parents to test and screen embryos for intelligence... Read more

Human embryos.

Embryo gene-editing poses inescapable ethical problems, critic says

Jul 18, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

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


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

Aug 2, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

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

Human Embryo, File Photo.

'Embryo jewelry' a sign we've taken the wrong path, IVF critic says

May 5, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

For one critic, a report that IVF-conceived embryos are being cremated and turned into jewelry for their mothers shows the... Read more

European Commission rejects pro-life citizens’ initiative

May 28, 2014

The European Commission has rejected the pro-life citizens’ initiative “One of Us,” which sought to ban E.U. funding for research... Read more

Embryonic Stem Cells.

Cloning shows science must dialogue with philosophy

May 21, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

The recent production of stem cells from cloned human embryos has prompted a researcher to consider the need for scientists... 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

May 15, 2013

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