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  • BioEdge: UK to allow research into three-parent embryos
    to a eugenic designer baby market should be taken on the basis of an utterly biased and inadequate consultation The HFEA huffily denied that the consultation was biased saying that Our consultation was a more nuanced exercise than simply counting up votes for and against the techniques The ethics of mitochondrial transfer were overshadowed in the media by the stories of happy parents whose children would not suffer or die The issues were framed by supporters of the research to make it sound completely benign However as opponents pointed out there are many unanswered questions For starters mitochondrial diseases affect about 1 in 6 500 babies about 200 a year in Britain While some of these children are seriously ill others suffer much less and lead productive lives It appears that Charles Darwin suffered from a mitochondrial dysfunction According to the BBC only about 10 couples every year would benefit from the technique This would also be the first time that a government has authorised full scale germline genetic engineering in the words of Stuart Newman of New York Medical College Some scientists flatly deny that the babies would have three parents because only about 1 of the DNA they inherit will come from its second mother But others argue that it is a vital part of its genetic make up and that the three parent embryo tag is accurate Furthermore research into the mitochondrial replacement will involve the destruction of thousands of embryos How the vast amount of human eggs are to be obtained for the research programme also involves ethical quandaries Even the Guardian s columnist Zoe Williams a strong supporter of reproductive rights thought that the ethics of this research had not been studied carefully There are clearly implications here that go beyond the curative properties of

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/uk_to_allow_research_into_three_parent_embryos/10578 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Genetics at the Supreme Court 1: patenting genes
    000 were far too expensive for many women Some observers have optimistically declared that the price could sink to 100 Thousands of genes have been patented over the past 30 years so the decision could open up new avenues for tests medicine and genetic research Myriad did not create anything Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the decision To be sure it found an important and useful gene but separating that gene from its surrounding genetic material is not an act of invention The court s decision did not come as a surprise and Myriad s share price actually rose briefly before falling by about 5 The court upheld its claims on complementary DNA MORE ON THESE TOPICS genetic tests genetics US Supreme Court This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/genetics_at_the_supreme_court_1_patenting_genes/10565 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    US Supreme Court ruled in a 5 4 decision that DNA swabbing of people who have been arrested is constitutional Old fileshint at Kagan s views on assisted suicide cloning abortion Jared Yee 11 June 2010 Comments tags Elena Kagan Obama US Supreme Court Only sketchy suggestions from Clinton era documents Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/US+Supreme+Court (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Genetics at the Supreme Court 2: the “genetic panopticon”
    discovered that his DNA matched evidence from an unsolved 2003 rape case He was subsequently convicted of that crime In all US jurisdictions authorities are allowed to take swabs of someone convicted of a serious crime While 29 states including Illinois and the federal government go further and take DNA samples from at least some people put under arrest the constitutionality of testing arrestees had remained in doubt Civil liberties advocates believe that the government will have unjustifiable access to personal information In the words of dissenting Judge Antonin Scalia Make no mistake about it Because of today s decision your DNA can be taken and entered into a national database if you are ever arrested rightly or wrongly for whatever reason Perhaps the construction of such a genetic panopticon is wise But I doubt that the proud men who wrote the charter of our liberties would have been so eager to open their mouths for royal inspection MORE ON THESE TOPICS genetic privacy genetics US Supreme Court This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/genetics_at_the_supreme_court_2_the_genetic_panopticon/10564 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    DNA profiles of every Russian citizen The dilemma of whether to release genetic information Xavier Symons 01 March 2014 Comments tags genetic privacy informed consent When should you tell someone that he has Alzheimers Don t the Royals have a right to genetic privacy too Michael Cook 29 June 2013 Comments tags genetic privacy UK The London Times splashed the genetic heritage of Prince Harry and Prince William across their front page recently Genetics at the Supreme Court 2 the genetic panopticon Xavier Symons 15 June 2013 Comments tags genetic privacy genetics US Supreme Court Earlier this month the US Supreme Court ruled in a 5 4 decision that DNA swabbing of people who have been arrested is constitutional Human barcode could organise society erode privacy and civil liberties Jared Yee 09 June 2012 Comments tags genetic privacy privacy Science fiction writer Elizabeth Moon has rekindled the debate over whether it s a good idea to barcode infants at birth Class action filed over blood of newborns Jared Yee 18 December 2010 Comments tags clinical trials genetic privacy Parents seek destruction of leftover samples Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/genetic+privacy (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Medicine students peer into their own genetic future
    disease and arthritis One student discovered that he had a different father than he thought The test revealed the student s father was not the man married to his mother but rather a doctor He was amazingly OK with this said Stuart Kim the co ordinator of the unit Studies have shown that very few physicians know how to use this data to help patients The Stanford course is intended to address this When it was proposed two years ago it sparked intense debate leading to the creation of a 29 member task force lawyers physicians ethicists philosophers and other faculty members to investigate the possibility that findings will trigger student stress The subject is an elective unit and prospective students are required to attend several informed consent sessions They also have access to special psychiatric care and genetic counselling MORE ON THESE TOPICS genetics medical education This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/medicine_students_peer_into_their_own_genetic_future/10558 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    which students study their own genetic data Are medical students ethically illiterate Xavier Symons 01 June 2013 Comments tags bioethics medical education medical students A recent study has indicated that medical students are not retaining the ethical terms taught to them in ethics classes Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/medical+education (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Evil is all in the brain. Or is it?
    brain There are cases where someone becomes criminal as a result of a tumour or an injury in that area and after an operation to remove the tumour that person was completely normal again Or there are physiological deficits because certain substances such as serotonin in the forebrain are not working effectively But this is definitely the region of the brain where evil is formed and where it lurks Dr Roth believes that he can predict whether children will turn into criminals When I look at young people and I see there are developmental disorders in the lower forehead brain I can say that there is a felon in the making with 66 per cent probability It is easy to spot this anti social behaviour from very early on The interview which was relayed to the English speaking world through the bible of bioethics is all in the brain the Daily Mail in London was ridiculed by German journalist and blogger Daniel Rettig We are back to the original problem of science journalism Sometimes the line between simplification and idiocy is exceeded And this is unfortunately the case in this article Dr Roth is a well known figure in Germany and a leading voice in lobbying for a reform of the criminal law He argues that a substantial portion perhaps one third of our behaviour is genetically determined He also campaigns for early education to help children who are in danger of becoming psychopaths MORE ON THESE TOPICS brain scans determinism evil genetics This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/evil_is_all_in_the_brain._or_is_it/10382 (2016-02-18)
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