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John was born and initially schooled in Cambridge, but most of his secondary education was at Reading School. From 1966 to 1976, he studied at Leeds, Pennsylvania State and Nottingham Universities. From 1976 to 2001, he was a lecturer in biochemistry and bioethics at the Institute of Biological Sciences, the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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November 2017
Articles > Cultural and Ethical > News > Ethics > Society

50 years of shame

Anniversaries are how we mark out our history. Some are welcome, others are not; some are humdrum, others are special. This year, two are extra special: a 500th and a 50th. Both changed our world. The first ushered in the wonderful gospel freedoms of the Protestant Reformation. The second is the passing of the…

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YOU and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

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April 2008
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

YOU and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

YOU and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill In May 2007 the Government published a draft bill called the Human Tissue and Embryos Bill. On 8 November, it had its first reading in the House of Lords under its new title of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology [HFE] Bill (2008). It is set to dismantle…

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Act of Folly

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September 2007
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Act of Folly

ACT OF FOLLYThe ruby anniversary of Britain's 1967 Abortion Act falls on 27 October this year but there is nothing to celebrate. Since its inception this legislation has sanctioned the death of some seven million unborn children.Abortion is a ghastly practice, unworthy of any civilised society. The whole nation should be ashamed that we…

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Whatever happened to the human race?

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September 2004
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Whatever happened to the human race?

This is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of Whatever happened to the human race? It is a remarkable book.  In a list of 'books that changed me', this unquestionably ranks in my top five. I have just re-read it with unexpected profit.Whatever happenedwas more than just a book by a theologian (Schaeffer) and…

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The ‘morning-after’pill

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April 2001
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The ‘morning-after’pill

There are several types of 'post-coital', or morning-after pill (MAP), but the one currently in the news is Levonelle-2, manufactured by Schering. The active ingredient in each of the two-pill treatment packs is a high dose (750mg) of progestogen. This hormone can prevent ovulation and fertilisation, but it also has an 'abortifacient' activity; that…

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