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It's time to relax the rules on growing human embryos in the lab. Researchers can only study human embryos up to 14 days past fertilisation, but new techniques can go beyond that – a change in the law would benefit all of us. The use of human embryos can prevent a lot of human suffering (and animal suffering). Animal studies are misleading. Experimenting on children or adults has ethical problems because of their capacity to suffer, and some research would only ever be possible with embryos.

It's time to relax the rules on growing human embryos in the lab. Researchers can only study human embryos up to 14 days past fertilisation, but new techniques can go beyond that – a change in the law would benefit all of us. The use of human embryos can prevent a lot of human suffering (and animal suffering). Animal studies are misleading. Experimenting on children or adults has ethical problems because of their capacity to suffer, and some research would only ever be possible with embryos.

Animal welfare concerns are supposedly behind the restrictions, but there is no good reason to think this kind of research would cause extra suffering compared to other animal research that goes on. I think it's really about (unwarranted) concern for the welfare of human or humanlike embryos. Caring about embryo welfare usually comes from a belief in souls. Also, opponents of this research have the idea that humans are supposed to be separate from all other animals, and an embryo or creature…

US Scientists Demand Removal of Restrictions on Animal Chimera Research

Human brain gene makes mice smarter in some ways. Study aims to see how 'humanizing' brains of another species affects cognitive skills. Scientists genetically engineered mice to carry the human version of a gene linked to speech and language.

Human civilisation can only survive if the population begins to shrink. When animals outbreed the carrying capacity of their habitat, the population crashes. Mass deaths. If we don't voluntarily shrink our population through contraception, sexual abstinence, abortion, and euthanasia, then it will be shrunk by disease, violence, famine, heatwaves, and other effects of climate change.

Human civilisation can only survive if the population begins to shrink. When animals outbreed the carrying capacity of their habitat, the population crashes. Mass deaths. If we don't voluntarily shrink our population through contraception, sexual abstinence, abortion, and euthanasia, then it will be shrunk by disease, violence, famine, heatwaves, and other effects of climate change.

Biologists say half of all species could be extinct by end of century. The human population is projected to be 11-16 billion by 2100. We must curb this with contraception and abortion. A world population of around a billion would have an overall pro-life effect, Ehrlich argued. This could be supported for many millennia and sustain many more human lives in the long term compared with our current uncontrolled growth and prospect of sudden collapse.

Biologists think of species will be facing extinction by the end of the century

Human population growth is the biggest threat to elephants. With Africa’s human population set to double by 2050 from 1.2 billion now (it was 477 million in 1980), Dublin argues that countries must get ahead of human-wildlife conflict and create large-scale land-use plans to allow people and animals to coexist. The alternative will be a conservation disaster.

Poaching is the most immediate, urgent threat to Africa’s elephants.

Minibrains can help researchers answer questions that couldn’t be answered by studying animal brain tissue. “We need human systems to tell us about humans, and that’s why this is such a big step forward,” Hartung said.  Though it has only a tiny fraction of the number of cells of an actual brain, a minibrain grows much the way a real brain does during early pregnancy. It's basically like a ball of cells. But if you open it up you really see something very similar to the early embryonic…

'Minibrains' Could Help Drug Discovery For Zika And For Alzheimer's

Each lab-grown cluster of human cells fits on a pin's head, but contains some of the cell types and circuitry of a real brain. The structures already are offering insights into how Zika attacks.

Can Birth Control Save Our Wild Horses? Descended from domesticated animals that escaped or were released from captivity, wild horses are technically “feral”—the term used to describe the offspring of any domesticated species that people no longer tend.

With euthanasia and sterilization ruled out, the government is banking on contraceptive vaccines to manage the booming population.

Megafauna threatened by hunting, deforestation, expansion of livestock and agriculture into wildlife areas, habitat loss, and human population growth

Preventing mass extinctions of big mammals will require immediate action - Scienmag

Autism’s bacteria link gains credence | The London Free Press

My local news just posted a surreal video of a clown arguing with a book store employee about a 'no clowns allowed' sign in the window.

Hormone-Blocking ‘Vaccine’ Could Sterilize Animals With Just One Shot

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