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A matter of life and death – the embryo screening dispute | People & Politics

A German court has lifted a general ban on pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, or embryo screening. The method is used to screen human embryos grown in the l…

Interesting People #1005 “Benita S. Katzenellenbogen, Ph.D.”

Dr. Benita Katzenellenbogen, Swanlund Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was named the recipient of the 2011 Women in Endocrinology Mentor Award. She is an internationally recognized scientist in the field of molecular endocrinology, with a focus on estrogen signaling and breast cancer. Dr. Katzenellenbogen has published over 300 research articles in peer reviewed journals and has won numerous research awards, including the Endocrine Society’s Roy O. Greep Lecture Award (2006) and the Susan G. Komen Foundation Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction (2009). Her research accomplishments, as well as her loyalty and dedication to her trainees, have made her a highly sought after mentor by young scientists from all over the world. She leads by example and has created an environment in her laboratory and community of past trainees that fosters scientific exploration, career development, and a cooperative spirit. Dr. Katzenellenbogen’s dedication to the career advancement of her trainees-undergraduates, graduate students, and post docs-continues well after they leave her laboratory. She has also participated in a wide variety of organized activities aimed at promoting the careers of junior investigators and eliminating discrimination against women scientists. Through her efforts with the Endocrine Society, both as President (2000-2001) and a member of many society committees, she has worked to provide opportunities to
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‘A disturbing ideology to weed out people with disabilities’. Strongly opposed on the Late Late Show

www.youthdefence.ie ‘A DISTURBING IDEOLOGY TO WEED OUT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES’ GENETIC SCREENING STRONGLY OPPOSED ON LATE LATE SHOW FEB. 4, 2012 A Late Late Show discussion on the genetic screening of human embryos has heard that such screening was based on “a disturbing ideology” which would be used “to weed out people with disabilities”. (See the discussion here from 1.13 onwards www.rte.ie Speaking on the popular TV show, Íde Nic Mhathúna said that she “profoundly disagreed” with plans outlined by Dr Simon Fischel to begin offering Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) to couples undergoing IVF treatment in Ireland. “The whole point of the process is to destroy that unborn life if it is found to have a disability,” she said. “Nine years ago we held the Special Olympics to Ireland and we celebrated the achievements of people with a disability, whereas now this disturbing ideology is creeping in whereby we are allowed to discriminate against people with disabilities and to actually weed them out of society.” She added that PGD inevitably led to other abuses, such as sex-selection screening which was used to seek and destroy female embryos. Dr Fischel responded to deny that PGD discriminates against people with disabilities, but Ms Nic Mhathúna pointed out that in the process “you are deliberately targeting people with disabilities and destroying them”. YD’s Rebecca Roughneen also joined the discussion, pointing out that Dr Fischel’s proposals were not about not
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