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Episode date 18 September 2012
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New fertility technology raises serious ethical issues
(CBC)
Currently only in the research stage, a new in-vtro fertility (IVF) technology is raising some difficult ethical questions. The basic concept  behind the technology is to eliminate inherited health problems which are passed down the maternal line. This is done by removing faulty mitochondrial DNA in the fertilization process of a mother’s egg, and replacing it with material from a female donor so a baby does not inherit genetic health problems from the mother.  These problems can inclue inherited heart and other organ problems, brain disorders, blindness, and so on. This technology however creates a 3-parent embryo.

Proponents say this could lead to the elimination of previously incurable health conditions.  Opponents say it opens the door to “designer” babies and would reverberate through all subsequent generations, artificially altering the human gene pool. They also say in the wrong hands, it could lead to other, more sinister ends.

Margaret Somerville is the Founding Director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law. She spoke to RCI’s Marc Montgomery
What the Occupy movement accomplished
(Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)
It was one year ago that the Occupy movement began in New York and then spread to Canada and other countries. But what has the movement accomplished?
It has drawn attention to the gravity of income inequality, according to economics Professor Miles Corak at the University of Ottawa.  He spoke with RCI’s Lynn Desjardins.
Parliamentarians return to Ottawa after summer break
Photo CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Members of Parliament from all parties were quick with questions, accusations and justifications as the summer break ended, and MPs returned to Canada's House of Commons in Ottawa on Monday, September 17.

The economy, unemployment, the takeover bid of a Canadian oil and gas company by Chinese state-owned oil company CNOOC, and cuts to foreign aid were some of the issues raised in the first two days of parliamentary business.

RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda has this report:
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