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What Are the Chances for IVF Success? | IVF Success Rates and Stories

What Are the Chances for IVF Success? | IVF Success Rates and Stories | Genetic Engineering - CAC Biology Year 12 | Scoop.it
Question: What Are the Chances for IVF Success? Given the high cost of IVF, you're probably wondering what your chances are for IVF success.
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Monsanto Gives $4.2 Million to Kill California GMO Labeling

Monsanto Gives $4.2 Million to Kill California GMO Labeling Update: For the latest numbers and info on the donors to the YES and NO campaigns, please see: http://organicconsumersfund.org/label/prop-37-funders.cfm (If genetic engineering is so...
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Tissue engineering: The brainmaker

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With his knack for knowing what stem cells want, Yoshiki Sasai has grown an eye and parts of a brain in a dish.
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What is Genetic Engineering?

Genetic engineering is a laboratory technique used by scientists to change the DNA of living organisms.

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Cloning The First Human (BBC Documentary)

For decades, cloning remained within the realms of science fiction. The idea that instead of combining a sperm and an egg, a new human could be made from a single cell taken from an adult, seemed completely absurd. But that all changed in February 1997, when the Roslin Institute introduced the world to Dolly the sheep - the first animal cloned from an adult. Ever since Dolly, scientists have been continuing to experiment with cloning animals. So far, they have succeeded in cloning sheep, cattle, pigs, goats and mice, fuelling the belief that humans could be next.

 

But even Dolly's creator, Professor Ian Wilmut, is concerned that beneath the veneer of success lies a disturbing reality. Most cloning attempts on animals so far have resulted in failed implantation or abnormal foetuses. Of the animals born alive, some soon die of catastrophic organ failure. Others appear to be healthy for weeks or even months, then die suddenly, sometimes from bizarre new illnesses which do not occur in nature.

 

Years of painstaking work are only now revealing some vital clues to what is going wrong. Horizon talks to the scientists who have uncovered new evidence, suggesting that the process of cloning itself causes subtle errors in the way genes function. These random errors may be like a timebomb inside every clone, causing some of the strange - often fatal - problems. There's no reason to think cloned human babies would fare any better. According to embryologist Dr Susan Avery, death might be the best outcome for many human clones. If they survived, they would suffer from catastrophic illnesses that modern medicine is powerless to prevent or cure.

 

Dr. Zavos claims that these problems are the result of the still unsophisticated methods being used by animal researchers. Using advanced in vitro fertilisation ('test tube baby') techniques, he claims that he will strive to make human cloning safer than natural reproduction. Now though, it seems that some IVF procedures themselves are being investigated for possible harmful effects on the long term health of children. Professor Gerald Schatten of the University of Pittsburgh reveals evidence of these risks, which could be magnified in cloning.

 

Most reproductive specialists believe that the danger to any human born by cloning is enormous. But the would-be human cloners are determined to clone a human baby. If they proceed, they may be courting tragedy.

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Some Wash. wheat farmers back labels for GM foods - Fox News

Some Wash. wheat farmers back labels for GM foods - Fox News | Genetic Engineering - CAC Biology Year 12 | Scoop.it

Atlanta Journal ConstitutionSome Wash. wheat farmers back labels for GM foodsFox NewsSome Washington state wheat farmers have thrown their support behind legislation requiring labeling of genetically modified foods, giving food safety advocates...

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Scientists turn the clock back on red blood cells using stem cells

Scientists turn the clock back on red blood cells using stem cells | Genetic Engineering - CAC Biology Year 12 | Scoop.it
In what could be a discovery that could lead to dramatically longer life spans for future humans, scientists at Johns Hopkins University have discovered how to use stem cell therapy to turn adult red...
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Genetically Modified Foods: Why You Should Avoid Them | Natural Health & Organic Living Blog

Genetically Modified Foods: Why You Should Avoid Them | Natural Health & Organic Living Blog | Genetic Engineering - CAC Biology Year 12 | Scoop.it
Avoid GMO. When food-crops are genetically modified one or more genes are incorporated into the crop’s genome using a vector containing several other genes.
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Canada ready to unveil plan to ease trade of genetically modified foods

Canada ready to unveil plan to ease trade of genetically modified foods | Genetic Engineering - CAC Biology Year 12 | Scoop.it
OTTAWA — Canada is set to unveil to the world its proposal to permit traces of unapproved genetically modified organisms in imported foods, even as government officials admit they don’t trust all countries “equally” when it comes to how they...
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Isn't It About Time to Start Labeling Genetically Modified Foods?

Isn't It About Time to Start Labeling Genetically Modified Foods? | Genetic Engineering - CAC Biology Year 12 | Scoop.it
Campaigns to require the labeling of GM foods are starting to heat up, with the number of countries requiring disclosure now up to 50.
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Illegal Cloning? 'Dumped fetuses could be half human, half engineered'

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What are Genetically modified foods?

What are Genetically modified foods? | Genetic Engineering - CAC Biology Year 12 | Scoop.it
Genetically modified foods are rich in nutrients and are resistant to pests. However, this modification can have several harmful effects like health hazards and low impact of pesticides.
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