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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    moral issue but few are troubled by human embryonic stem cell hESC research 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 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Canada s euthanasia courts 13 Feb 2016 IVF

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/opinion+polls (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: UN panel calls for moratorium on editing human genome
    what are fundamentally moral questions In 2004 former Secretary General Kofi Annan questioned whether such processes might promote a world dominated by eugenics like that imagined by Aldous Huxley in the novel Brave New World The greatest fear is that we may be trying to play God with unforeseeable consequences in the end precipitating our own destruction Mr Annan warned then asking whether the dangers outweigh the benefits and where the line should be drawn between what is feasible and what is desirable or ethical In today s report IBC comprising scientists philosophers lawyers and government ministers noted that recent advances have opened the door to genetic screening and testing for inherited diseases gene therapy the use of embryonic stem cells in medical research and the possibility of cloning and genetic editing for both medical and non medical ends It noted that scientists and bioethicists are calling for a wider public debate about the power of science to modify genetically human embryos in the laboratory so as to control inherited traits such as appearance and intelligence A new genome editing technique called CRISPR Cas9 makes it possible for scientists to insert remove and correct DNA simply and efficiently IBC added It holds out the prospect of treating or even curing certain illnesses such as sickle cell diseases cystic fibrosis and some cancers But germline editing can also make changes to DNA such as determining a baby s eye colour easier for scientists working with human embryos eggs and sperm The report also cautions against the hidden danger of do it yourself genetic testing saying that consumers who tested their own DNA using so called Direct to Consumer DTC kits bought online needed professional genetic and medical counselling to understand and act on the results It called for clear regulations and

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/un-panel-calls-for-moratorium-on-editing-human-genome/11597 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Cook 02 May 2015 Comments tags genetical engineering germline therapy Julian Savulescu Francis S Collins and Julian Savulescu take diametrically opposed sides 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 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia 13 Feb

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/genetical+engineering (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    serious concerns especially if changes can be inherited 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 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Canada s euthanasia courts 13 Feb 2016 IVF audit in Australia 13 Feb

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/United+Nations (2016-02-18)
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  • Ten British women to receive womb transplants
    2012 Swedish doctors successfully transplanted a womb into a 36 year old woman born without a uterus New York University bioethicist Arthur Caplan suggested that the risks of serious pregnancy complications may outweigh any potential benefits such as gestating one s one child How much risk and cost should anybody go through to try and have the opportunity to deliver their own child Caplan said in an interview with CBS Others are more optimistic A womb transplant could dramatically improve a woman s quality of life said Lisa Campo Engelstein an assistant professor at Albany Medical College in New York The clinical trial is being run on donations and the NHS has not revealed whether it will fund womb transplants based on the results of the trial MORE ON THESE TOPICS clinical trials UK womb transplant 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/ten-british-women-to-receive-womb-transplants/11609 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: UK transgender woman wants to be both father and mother
    biological father and the adoptive mother Even before I knew I wanted to become a woman I wanted to be a mother she says Ms Purdham first raised the possibility of changing her gender with a doctor when she was 16 At 19 she changed her name by deed poll at 21 she embarked upon gender reassignment surgery At the moment she has a career as a performance artist fire breather but she would like to be a TV presenter She is preparing to marry a childhood friend Chris Dodd 24 It took me some time to get my head around the fact that she used to be my best friend Kevin he told the Daily Mail but I have never looked at her in any other way other than the fact she is a gorgeous woman MORE ON THESE TOPICS gender dysphoria new frontiers sex reassignment UK 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 Commercial media must contact us

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/uk-transgender-woman-wants-to-be-both-father-and-mother/11592 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    May 2014 Comments tags gender dysphoria gender reassignment new frontiers British children as young as nine are eligible to board the train for a sex reassignment surgery according to the Mail on Sunday 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 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/gender+dysphoria (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Assisted dying sinks in UK Parliament by 3-1 margin
    of them The first of these came only six weeks into his job the case of Dan James a paralysed regby player who was taken to Switzerland by his parents to die there I took it to be the compassionate act of a loved one and decided not to prosecute According to The Telegraph the one of the most decisive speeches came from a Scottish MP Dr Philippa Whitford She told the House as a breast cancer surgeon for 30 years I have been involved in the journey to death of many patients but as a doctor I have never considered that death was a good treatment for anything no matter what was wrong with anyone She concluded All our horizons will narrow as we get older Someone who was hill walking when they were 20 might not manage to do so when they are 80 I have seen patients who are grateful to be at home being wheeled out on to the patio in the sun and having a good blether with their son who has come home from London They consider that a good day We might consider it horrific looking at it in advance but when we get there we will have changed We should support letting people live every day of their life until the end and make sure that as legislators we provide the means for them to live and die with dignity and comfort We should not say When you can t thole it stand it take the black capsule We should vote for life and dignity not for death A Labour MP Robert Flello argued that assisted suicide might not be as painless as it it reputed to be more than half the people polled think that assisted suicide involves no pain or

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/assisted-dying-sinks-in-uk-parliament-by-3-1-margin/11561 (2016-02-18)
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