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UK: “No ethical issues around preconception testing and screening” – Human Genetics Commission

Posted 11/04-11 at 17.42

The Human Genetics Commission (HGC) is UK Government's advisory body on new developments in human genetics and how they impact on individual lives. Their recent report, Increasing options, informing choice: A report on preconception genetic testing a ...

USA: “World better off without defective people”

Posted 16/03-11 at 19.45

Martin Harty, a 91-year-old Republican representative in the New Hampshire legislature, told, Sharon Omand, a constituent, that he believes in eugenics and that the world would be better off without "...the mentally ill, the retarded, people with phy ...

To be or Not to Be – That is the Question

Posted 01/05-09 at 17.15

Last month, former Health Secretary of State, Patricia Hewitt, tabled an amendment to the Coroners and Justice Bill. If law the ammendment would protect from prosecution people who take terminally ill patients abroad for assisted suicide. As it tu ...

Disabled girl killed and put in bin bags

Posted 26/04-09 at 18.59

On Friday 24 April, a mother in Mitchigan, USA has been charged with murder of a disabled adoptive girl.The 9-year-old Shylea Myza Thomas, whose body was found in bin bags in a storage unit suffered from "severe, ongoing malnutrition and neglect" ...

Designer Babies?

Posted 14/01-09 at 19.45

In London the first baby was born this month free of a genetic variation linked to breast cancer. This sparks fears that more ‘designer babies’ will be selected. Disabled people are concerned that their lives are seen as not worth living, as ...

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