Dr. Irving's professional activities include teaching positions at Georgetown University, Catholic University of America, and The Dominican House of Studies. She represented the Catholic Medical Association of the United States, and the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, at the Scientific Conference in Mexico City, Mexico, October 28, 1999 and presented a paper on "The Dignity and Status of the Human Embryo". Dr. Irving is a former career-appointed bench research biochemist/biologist (NIH, NCI, Bethesda, MD), an M.A. and Ph.D. philosopher (Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.), and Professor of the History of Philosophy, and of Medical Ethics.
See also: Dr. Irving's commentaries on this site.
"Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!" History, including the history of "bioethics", can help to untangle some of the massive sticky webs we find ourselves in today.
Date posted: 2014-10-18
Given that, oddly, there seems to be an international recurrence of prolifers promoting the erroneous phrase "from conception to natural death", perhaps my earlier article (copied below) can shed some critical light on why that is dangerous -- theologically, scientifically, morally and legally.
Date posted: 2014-09-07
In considering the Hobby Lobby case, the "religious beliefs" of the plaintiffs just happen to match the long-documented and long-acknowledged objective scientific facts of human embryology. But it would seem that there's enough gobbledygook to go around. It doesn't emanate from just the "pro-choice" side in these debates.
Date posted: 2014-07-20
This video is truly one of the funniest, yet timely and profound, "discussions" on "bioethics" and medical doctors I've seen in a long time. It is amusing, short and sweet, easy to understand, and yet beautifully articulate. What follows also in this article are simply a few of my own observations about how we ever got into such messes these days to begin with.
Date posted: 2014-05-27
"IVG", or in vitro generated gametes, is already a reality, can be accomplished by several different kinds of asexual reproductive techniques, starting with different kinds of cells, yet very little attention has been paid to it by the public. When used with human cells, IVG is a form of human genetic engineering, and a form of human cloning -- all accomplished before the use of these engineered experimental gametes are used in "fertilization". All the foreign genes involved in this engineering feat will also be passed down through the new genetically engineered embryo's descendants
Date posted: 2014-03-22
Summary: Any genuine bench research scientist knows all too well that you can fool some of the scientists all of the time, and all of the scientists some of the time, but you can't fool all of the scientists all of the time -- regardless if they are "prolife" or "prochoice". Such is the case with the very odd phenomenon we are currently witnessing with Herranz's recent new "theory" on human monozygotic (MZ) "identical" twinning.
Date posted: 2014-03-15
The topic of monozygotic twinning (MT) on which the recent paper by Herranz (Herranz, 2013) focuses is indeed a fascinating one, not only for the embryologist. And, as pointed out by the author, it may on principle also be relevant for ethical discussions in the context of embryo research and stem cell work in humans. Obviously, this is the reason why the paper was published in Zygote, in spite of the fact that it concentrates on history and speculation. When reading through the paper, however, I have ended up disappointed.
Date posted: 2014-02-23