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  • The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has passed a resolution to declare unlimited legal abortion an unconditional right. The Assembly passed the resolution with 102 to 69 votes with 14 abstentions. Amendments seeking to make the resolution less extreme in its promotion of abortion were rejected.

  • The leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland has turned to internet site YouTube in the latest step of his battle against "Frankenstein" embryo research.

  • We were interested by Roger Highfield's article "Hybrids: separating hope from the hype" (Features, April 8), describing how the vast majority of people have been misled by frequent assertions that the inter-species embryos announced last week are "99.9 per cent human".

  • Human sperm and eggs will be grown from stem cells within five to fifteen years but the technology will not allow gay and lesbian couples to conceive children with genes from each partner, an international panel of scientists predicted yesterday.

  • An American company has warned that unscrupulous scientists could be harnessing a new way of cloning human cells to create "designer" babies.

  • Social workers were accused yesterday of "political correctness gone mad" after it was revealed that councils and agencies will not let foster parents smack children but don't object if they have a criminal record.

  • Biomedicine makes us live longer... but makes us scared of difference, says Max Pemberton

  • It's not illegal, yet smacking is a hotly debated issue - even 'The Archers' has tackled it. But for one couple their beliefs mean they cannot foster a child, writes Olga Craig

  • Deaf couples could be allowed to use embryo-screening technology and choose to have a deaf child, after a climb-down by the Government in the face of campaigning.

  • There's a crisis on our streets, especially in London, and it has nothing to do with the cost of housing. As the blame game is played out between ministers and bankers over why mortgages are suddenly much more expensive, the price of life in parts of Britain's inner cities has hit rock bottom.

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