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Overcoming Preconception Relating to Assisted Reproductive Technologies

David F Albertini, Professor Tufts University Medical Center

  • HARTs – current status, future prospects
  • Chronology of HARTs and related animal studies
  • Common preconceptions
  • Communication between disciplines

HARTs – Current Status, Future Prospects

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) (GIFT/ZIFT)

Sperm/Sex Selection

  • Ovary/Follicle Cryopreservation

Stem Cells

Chronology of HARTs and Related Animal Studies

07/78  Louise Brown
12/81  Elizabeth Carr
09/90  First birth of frozen embryos
02/97  Dolly
05/98  Cumulina
11/98  Human embryonic stem cells produced
05/99  Cloned transgenic goats
05/99 Interspecies embryos produced


Chronology of HARTs and Related Animal Studies --- High Impact Claims

07/78  Louise Brown
12/81  Elizabeth Carr
09/90  First birth of frozen embryos
11/93  George Washington University “scientists”win the “prize” for human experimental cloning “technique”
05/95  Univ. California Irvine “medical experts” accused of egg/embryo misappropriation
02/97  Dolly
01/98  “It’s an interesting technology.” Richard G. Seed, Ph.D.
05/98  Cumulina
10/98  A human cell/cow hybrid is made (maybe)
11/98  Human embryonic stem cells produced
05/99  Cloned transgenic goats
05/99  Interspecies embryos produced

Common Preconceptions

Domain Intermingling
Infertility Research
Animal Cloning
Human Genome

  • That humans will be cloned
  • That diseases will be cured or eliminated
  • That all women can have a baby

Communication Between Disciplines

  • Basic Science (animal/human)
  • Clinical Science
  • Business/Ethical/Legal
  • Press
  • Public Literacy

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Overcoming Preconception Relating to Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Introduction: Jensine Andresen and Robert Neville
John Westling - Introduction: Do we have dominion over ourselves?
Implications of Animal Cloning Experiments for the Potential Cloning of Human Beings
Production of Embryonic Stem Cells from Differentiated Somatic Cells
Application of Cloning to the Production of Biopharmaceuticals to Treat Human and Animal Disease
Xenotransplantation and its Associated Safety and Ethical Issues
Excluding Life from Patenting: Arguments against the Patenting of Genes
Science Panel Discussion
Ethical Challenges in a Post Genome Era
Human Rights and the New Genetics
Human Rights and Cloning
Democratizing Decision Making Relating to Biotechnology
Genetics, the Market, and Policy
Much Ado About Mutton: An Ethical Review of the Cloning Controversy
Why Worry about Human Cloning?
Modified Natural-Law Approach to Genetic Technologies
Ethics Panel Discussion
The World is Our Parish...So...?
Re-engineering Creation: Theological Reservations Concerning Genetic Technology
Possible Presbyterian Responses to Cloning
Biostewardish Updates
No, Not Yet, Maybe, and Why Not: Protestant Ambivalence Or Moral Discretion?
Beginning Reflections of One Unitarian Universalist on Cloning and Genetic Technologies
A Catholic Perspective on Cloning and Stem Cell Research
Created in Whose Image and Likeness? An Orthodox Christian Approach to Human Cloning
Thomas Shannon - "Playing God"
But Who Speaks for Me? The Need for the Religous Voice in Bioethics
In God's Garden: Creation and Cloning in Jewish Thought
A Jewish Perspective on Cloning and Other Techniques to Overcome Infertility
Islamic Perspectives on Cloning and Genetic Enginerring
A Hindu View based on Dharma, Karma and Yoga of Human Cloning and Genetic Technologies
The Bioethics of Interdependence: Shin Buddhist Attitudes on Human Cloning
Moral Imagination
Interreligious Panel Discussion
Science and the Courts
Beyond Biology: Regulating Ownership in a Knowledge-based Economy
Biotechnology and International Trade
Disharmonization in Agricultural Biotechnology
Historical Notes Relating to the Patenting of Biological Inventions
Should Morality be Within the Purview of Patent Law?
The International Treatment of Biotechnological Intellectual Property (BIP)
Legal Issues Panel Discussion
Science, Politics and Ethics of Cloning and Genetic Engineering: Who will Decide the Future of Humankind?
Cloning and Beyond: Making Laws for Making Babies
Issues For the Millennium: Cloning and Genetic Technologies - Index


Boston University

See also:

Pain and Suffering
Books on Biology, Genetics and Theology
Dolly the Cloned Sheep
Egg Manipulation
DNA Double-Helix