Bioethics, at the heart of the debate between science and conscience.

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The term “bioethics” uses the word “ethics”, one of the main pillars on which the human conscience is based. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon, defined it this way: “Bioethics is the rational analysis of moral problems linked with biomedicine and their links with the fields of law and human sciences”. The word constantly questions man on his origins, the meaning of life, the dignity owed to it and the rights and obligations which it imposes on him.

Through the powerful questioning, ethics and, by extension bioethics, includes major stakes, the terms of which everyone must evaluate.


The Jérôme Lejeune Foundation brings its expertise in genetics to enlighten the debate on questions as important at:


  • maintaining the prohibition on research on the embryo;
  • prohibition of cloning;
  • all types of antenatal screening which are not intended primarily for treating and welcoming a child but which result in a selection which will eliminate those with chromosomal defects;
  • predictive medicine;
  • the introduction of an economic and financial dimension into ethical choices in health policies.



In general, the Foundation has a vocation to intervene in all medical subjects when they involve the respect and dignity of human life.




“The human embryo – a “material” for research?” Part 1

By Dr Henri Bléhaut

Jérôme Lejeune Foundation






“The human embryo – a “material” for research?” Part 2

By Dr Henri Bléhaut

Jérôme Lejeune Foundation



THE TRUTH on cloning:


  • Often “reproductive cloning”, which is widely condemned, is distinguished from “so-called therapeutic cloning”, which is presented as a technique allowing the eventual treatment of patients.
  • The “so-called therapeutic cloning” is supposedly a simple transfer of several of your own somatic cells into an enucleated egg and cultivating them with the altruistic intention of having you benefit from them as part of cellular therapy.
  • In fact, the transfer of a somatic nucleus is very precisely reproductive cloning. There are therefore not two types of cloning, one to produce babies which would be immoral and another which may be accepted because its purpose is to produce medicines.
  • Cloning, if it works for the human species, which has not yet been shown, is always reproductive. So-called therapeutic cloning in simply reproductive cloning interrupted during embryonic development to extract coveted stem cells, through the destruction of the embryo. Therefore, if reproductive cloning is a crime, so-called therapeutic cloning is doubly so.


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