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  • BioEdge: Genetic testing backfires
    I wrestle with these emotions I love my family This is nothing I ever would have wished My dream would be to introduce Thomas to dad to incorporate a new family tradition to merge families We all get to broaden our horizons and live happily ever after At least right now that s not what happened I still hold out hope that in time we can resolve things But I also worry that as these transitions happen there may have been some permanent emotional damage that may not be able to be undone 23andMe s way of protecting people is by giving users the chance to click that box to opt into the relative finder program I think they re trying to protect people from themselves They believe in the power of information and of learning about yourself Some people can t handle the information Some people don t even know they can t handle it When you check that close relatives box it should have a bunch of stars and bells and whistles around it Because there are plenty of people who click boxes Nobody reads their iTunes agreement That s how I feel about the family finder thing you just check all the boxes just keep doing it and never put a whole lot of thought into the possibilities I would want a warning saying Check this box and FYI people discover their parents aren t their parents they have siblings they didn t know about If you check this box these are the things you ll find And I m the one with my PhD I understand how this works But I didn t think through all of the practical implications in part because I thought This wouldn t happen to me Vox s report hit 23andMe

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/genetic_testing_backfires/11162 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Comments tags 23andme genetic tests Personal genomics company 23andMe is in hot water after a stern letter from the US Food and Drug Administration FDA 23andme denies that it is marketing tool for designer babies Michael Cook 13 October 2013 Comments tags 23andme designer babies A controversy is raging over a patent awarded to the American company 23andMe for predictive genetics software Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/23andme (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Celebrity custody wrangle exposes vague IVF law
    in first two years of upbringing a Californian district court found that he had no legal standing as the boy s father California like many US states has contradictory statues regarding paternity One statute allows for the establishment of paternity based on de facto circumstances Another statute requires that a sperm donor be treated as if he were not the natural father unless a specific written agreement is made before insemination In this case the latter statute was given precedence and Ms Schrieber was granted full custody of the child A bill is currently before the Californian legislature that would mandate standardized donor forms to reduce confusion about paternity legislation MORE ON THESE TOPICS IVF law paternity tests 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 powered by Disqus Search BioEdge

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/celebrity_custody_wrangle_exposes_vague_ivf_law/10956 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Who’s your daddy? New Yorker offers mobile tests
    are really related to them Rosenthal told ABC News DNA really gets at a person s identity it gets to the core of their identity who your parents are who your children are how you define yourself ethnically and culturally The RV truck is a little more intimate than a clinic clients tend to talk more they tell us things we experience some of these life changing moments with them He also does drug testing in his brown and white truck emblazoned with the words who s your daddy He does about 100 tests a month The service costs US 299 or 425 per couple and 100 for each additional person Mr Rosenthal has five people on his staff and 10 contractors who do mobile collecting MORE ON THESE TOPICS genetic tests New York paternity tests 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 for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/whos_your_daddy_new_yorker_offers_mobile_tests/10210 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    defended Mike Tyson Patty Hearst Jim Bakker Claus von Bülow and O J Simpson has come up with a novel mercy killing defence Giji Jordan a millionaire single mother gave her son Jude a cocktail of drugs in an up market Manhattan hotel in February last year Her lawyer Alan Dershowitz a professor at Harvard Law School says that this is not a case of murder but justifiable altruistic filicide

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/New+York (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Belgian euthanasia group tours Auschwitz
    of Auschwitz with the current debate about euthanasia is inappropriate Distelmans was not deterred by the protests His point was that the Nazis violated autonomy while he esteems it He is killing patients out of humility and love What does this mean to us Distelmans asked the tour group Many of us are doctors We have power over other people We know everything better We were taught to preserve life But we have to make sure that we do not continue to treat our patients against their wills when they actually want to die Nobody should assume that they have the power to judge what a life is worth We must become the servants of our patients and when it comes to the end we have to accept our failure as physicians A doctor on the tour shared an interesting case One of his patients is an unrepentant former member of the Waffen SS who had hung a picture of Hitler over his bed He is paralysed on one side and now be wants to be euthanased He refused because he felt that the patient did not deserve a gentle painless death Another said that he would refuse because If I killed him I would feel like a murderer And Distelmans He told Der Spiegel that he would perform the euthanasia out of respect for the man s pain and humanity and as an act of unconditional love MORE ON THESE TOPICS Belgium euthanasia Nazi doctors Wim Distelmans 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/belgian_euthanasia_group_tours_auschwitz/11245 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    organisation Michael Cook 23 May 2014 Comments tags euthanasia Nazi doctors Wim Distelmans News that the chairman of the Belgian government s euthanasia control commission has organised a study tour of Auschwitz has outraged a leading Jewish organisation Leading figure in Belgian euthanasia to tour Auschwitz Michael Cook 16 May 2014 Comments tags Belgium euthanasia Nazi doctors Wim Distelmans The head of Belgium s euthanasia oversight commission Dr Wim Distelmans will lead a study tour of Auschwitz in October The taint of Nazi medicine lingers on Michael Cook 09 November 2013 Comments tags anatomy Nazi doctors respect for cadavers More revelations about the medical profession under the Nazis in this week s Slate A riveting article by Emily Bazelon demonstrates that medicine still has not acknowledged that some areas of anatomy still carry the taint of Nazi atrocities Corruptio optimi pessima o medice Michael Cook 04 May 2012 Comments tags medical ethics Nazi doctors The behaviour of Nazi doctors is universally accepted as a touchstone of bioethics In the current issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics a medical student asks whether doctors are actually more likely than other professions to be moral monsters Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/Nazi+doctors (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Distelmans under fire over Auschwitz trip
    the study tour is a deeper understanding of human rights suffering and palliative care the people who responded to the Daily Mail were aghast A Jewish Labor member of Parliament Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman commented To make the notorious Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz the centre for a congenial study trip is preposterous if not obscene Whatever one s views on euthanasia and I am against it is abominable to describe Auschwitz as an inspiring venue What went on at Auschwitz and the other death camps was mass murder of innocents children women and men The news flew back across the Channel to Belgium where Dr Distelmans was subjected to surprisingly sceptical questioning from a normally supportive press The headline in Het Nieuwsblad was Britten noemen Distelmans Dokter Dood the British call Distelmans Doctor Death That headline in the Daily Mail is obscene protested Dr Distelmans I think this is terrible It suggests that we are going there to find a better way to euthanize people You must have a morbid mind to think that He described the attacks on him and his study tour gutter journalism Even less sympathetic was the Belgian newspaper Joods Actueel Jewish News Its editor Michael Freilich said Any use of the Holocaust to defend one s own interests is wrong but to plan such a seminar in Auschwitz is degrading MORE ON THESE TOPICS Belgium euthanasia Wim Distelmans 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 for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/distelmans_under_fire_for_auschwitz_trip/11061 (2016-02-18)
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