That is a headline I had hoped never to read.
Genetic fingerprint tests on two one-year- old children confirm that they have inherited DNA from three adults –two women and one man.
The fact that the children have inherited the extra genes and incorporated them into their ‘germline’ means that they will, in turn, be able to pass them on to their own offspring.
Altering the human germline – in effect tinkering with the very make-up of our species – is a technique shunned by the vast majority of the world’s scientists.
Geneticists fear that one day this method could be used to create new races of humans with extra, desired characteristics such as strength or high intelligence.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-43767/Worlds-GM-babies-born.html#ixzz2RWZ9d5Vq
Comments on this news item indicate that some readers just don’t get what’s wrong with this development. Creating a super race of intelligent people seems to be something they find desirable and the thought of creating a group of people who are permanently ‘genetically bewildered’ is something they appear not to care about, because it isn’t happening to them or anyone they know. Yet again we see scientists and doctors pursuing something because they can, with no regard to whether it is ethical, has consequences for the ‘product’ or implications for the human race. It is a form of playing god or acting psychopathically in unreversible interventions that have a spin-off for the perpetrators but serious consequences for the victims. The cavalier remarks of the doctor responsible are of great concern and of course his developments in this sphere have not been publicised until well after the event. You have to wonder what else has been done if this is what has been publicised!
Jacques Cohen is regarded as a brilliant but controversial scientist who has pushed the boundaries of assisted reproduction technologies.
He developed a technique which allows infertile men to have their own children, by injecting sperm DNA straight into the egg in the lab.
Prior to this, only infertile women were able to conceive using IVF. Last year, Professor Cohen said that his expertise would allow him to clone children –a prospect treated with horror by the mainstream scientific community.
‘It would be an afternoon’s work for one of my students,’ he said, adding that he had been approached by ‘at least three’ individuals wishing to create a cloned child, but had turned down their requests.
To something slightly different, quite opposite even. . B486 has been approved here in Australia and is available over the counter at Chemists. In theory that is. Reports are starting to come through of Chemists who refuse to sell it on religious grounds. Our own small town country chemist is one of those and the nearest alternative is at least 6 kms away in the next town. Not easy for some customers, impossible for others. The only solution seems to be to keep some in just in case, because a chemist who puts his religious beliefs before his customers well-being is as unreliable as a torn condom!
Your Blogger is way past the age when it is a personal concern, but has many friends and family members who are not and who could very easily find themselves in this dilemma or have already done so. I would not wish to see them in distress or risking a pregnancy because some chemist is a Pro-Lifer. You’d think a chemist would understand the way this drug works wouldn’t you? And be able to reason that he is being a hypocrite by selling means of contraception which surely must also be against his beliefs? Let us at least have consistency and know where we stand.
I noted the other day the expressed belief of a journalist that those who are Pro-Life are in fact simply Anti-Abortion and often care little for what happens after birth or to human beings in other crisis situations in life. If these beliefs become a crusade which excludes reasoning, common sense and the humane, how much worse off we are as caring human beings. It seems we can little afford that!
So just to be clear – Depending upon where you are in your cycle, Plan B or Plan B One-Step may work in one of these ways:
It may prevent or delay ovulation.
It may interfere with fertilization of an egg.
It is also possible that this type of emergency birth control prevents implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus by altering its lining.
Plan B or Plan B One-Step is not the same as RU-486, which is an abortion pill. It does not cause a miscarriage or abortion. In other words, it does not stop development of a fetus once the fertilized egg implants in the uterus. So it will not work if you are already pregnant when you take it.
How Effective Is Plan B or Plan B One-Step?
Plan B or Plan B One-Step is more effective than emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) that contain both estrogen and progestin.
If you take it within 72 hours after you’ve had unprotected sex, Plan B One-Step can reduce the risk of pregnancy by up to 89%. If you take Plan B One-Step within 24 hours, it is about 95% effective
That is a headline I had hoped never to read.