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  • BioEdge: Republican gains could put brake on embryo stem cell research
    that stem cell funding from the federal government for the next two years is not reliable he told msnbc com Given state deficits people are going to move on to other areas of stem cell research not involving embryonic cells or cloning In Wisconsin where human embryonic stem cells were first isolated in 1998 voters elected Republican Scott Walker as governor He is unlikely to support ESC research with any enthusiasm New Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson a Tea Party Republican opposes ESC research On the other hand Colorado voters rejected a personhood amendment to the state constitution for the second time The amendment would have defined a person as every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being It would have effectively put a halt to ESC research in the state One little noticed feature of the election is that the new governor of Vermont Peter Shumlin appears to be a supporter of assisted suicide According to the euthanasia group Compassion Choices during the campaign Shumlin recounted the story of a terminally ill woman who urged him to support end of life choice I can t imagine in my wildest dreams why government would get

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/republican_gains_could_put_brake_on_embryo_stem_cell_research/9284 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Embryos not human, rules Korean high court
    a human being Lee Kang kook president of the Constitutional Court declared The court also decided that while parents have to approve the use of their gametes to create embryos they have no legal relation to the embryo after its creation unless it is implanted in a woman s womb The court also reaffirmed that surplus IVF embryos must be destroyed after five years and that hospitals or clinics do not need the approval of sperm or egg providers to do so If there is no expiration period for storing frozen embryos there is a chance that they might be used for inappropriate research purposes the court said This is the first time that the Constitutional Court has made a legal assessment on whether to look at early stage embryos as human entities said Noh Hui beom an information officer at the Constitutional Court The Korea stem cell industry was jubilant Currently the global stem cell treatment market is estimated at around US 40 billion Most of this is involved with cosmetic practices to remove wrinkles and rejuvenate skin as well as the speeding up wound healing The government last year announced that it will treble funding for embryonic stem

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/embryos_not_human_rules_korean_high_court/9029 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Is the great stem cell debate over?
    equivalent meaning that there is no need to destroy embryos either for research or for therapies Yet a report on the discovery in Science has attracted not a single comment Whether or not the findings of Konrad Hochedlinger and colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston are correct it seems that the debate is over When using these cell lines and assays and after considering a number of technical and biological variables we find that ES cells and iPS cells are equivalent said Hochedlinger adding the caveat that not all practical applications can account for the variables and that in his view the science has not yet advanced to where iPS cells can replace embryonic stem cells in every situation Embryonic stem cells are still an important reference point against which other pluripotent cells are compared said Hochedlinger Along those lines this study increases the value of iPS cells MORE ON THESE TOPICS stem cell ethics stem cells 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/is-the-great-stem-cell-debate-over/11629 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    comes unstuck after allegations of scientific misconduct Stunning discovery creates ethical stem cells Michael Cook 31 January 2014 Comments tags STAP cells stem cell ethics stem cells Immersing cells in acid creates pluripotent stem cells Who could believe that But it could be the future 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/stem+cell+ethics (2016-02-18)
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  • Researchers grow organ in petri dish
    powerful models of the human organ for future applications including nephrotoxicity screening disease modelling and as a source of cells for therapy For us it s a pretty exciting advance said stem cell biologist Melissa Little of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute This organ is making its own blood vessels it s making its own tubules for filtering and cleaning the blood so it s really a very complex structure she said of the kidney which was observed three weeks after creation She said the approach could be used for drug screening in as little as two years potentially saving drug developers hundreds of millions of dollars The kidney is one of the organs typically poisoned by drugs along with the liver and heart The procedure may present fewer ethical dilemmas than previous experiments attempting to grow human organs in other animals MORE ON THESE TOPICS clinical research clinical trials organ transplants stem cells 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/researchers-grow-organ-in-petri-dish/11610 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    clinical trials for medical products Inducing death to give life without patient consent Xavier Symons 14 June 2014 Comments tags clinical research informed consent A new emergency procedure being trialled in a US hospital has bioethicists feeling nervous The awful lesson of Thalidomide Michael Cook 28 September 2013 Comments tags clinical research drug development drug safety The New York Times has taken a look at the awful history of Thalidomide the drug which caused thousands of children around the world to be born with deformed and shortened limbs It is deeply disturbing Call for head of US bioethics commission to step down Jared Yee 14 July 2011 Comments tags clinical research psychiatry research Corporate governance and management oversight are flavour of the week with the shenanigans at Rupert Murdoch s defunct News of the World on every front page UK doctor at centre of scare over measles vaccine struck off Michael Cook 27 May 2010 Comments tags clinical research professional misconduct Wakefield Doctor at centre of MMR scare found guilty of serious professional misconduct 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/clinical+research (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: US bioethics group calls for cloning ban
    After the discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells however which allowed researchers to develop therapies without creating or destroying embryos most researchers pushed cloning onto the back burner At the moment the Council says cloning is still morally repugnant for most of the American public Only an extreme commitment to reproductive autonomy for its own sake could justify it However as the Council perceptively points out But autonomy is a powerful force in our culture so we should not imagine that cloning to produce children will forever remain anathema to the American public Other foundations of family life that have been held as common sense since time immemorial have been increasingly eroded by advocates of unfettered autonomy in a remarkably short time Taking a stand against cloning while there is still a consensus among Americans that cloning is profoundly wrong will be an essential part of a defense of the family in coming years The report also predicts future developments which combine cloning with genetic engineering genetically engineered children embryonic and fetal farming growing prenatal human beings outside of the womb ectogenesis creating headless babies for growing organs interspecies cloning and artificial eggs and sperm One bioethicist who has not forgotten about cloning is Julian Savulescu a professor at Oxford University and editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics He recently ridiculed opponents of cloning and the yuck factor in a blog post But the wisdom of repugnance is one issue that the Witherspoon Council develops in its report It acknowledges that the fact that most people find the idea of human cloning morally troubling and repugnant is not proof that cloning is wrong but insists that the repugnance is provoked by deeper moral considerations which it discusses at some length The report concludes with suggestions for amending state and

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/us-bioethics-group-calls-for-cloning-ban/11552 (2016-02-18)
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  • Nasal growth found on woman's back after stem-cell treatment
    it to be composed of mostly of cysts lined by respiratory epithelium submucosal glands with goblet cells and intervening nerve twigs The cells had continued to grow as olfactory cells rather than morph into neural tissue The growth was secreting a thick copious mucous like material which seems to have been pressing against the patient s spine causing considerable discomfort It is sobering says George Daley a stem cell researcher at Harvard Medical School who has helped write guidelines for people considering stem cell treatments It speaks directly to how primitive our state of knowledge is about how cells integrate and divide and expand The case shows that experimental stem cell treatment remains risky even when carried out in respectable hospitals The findings of the investigation were published online the month in the Journal of Neurosurgery MORE ON THESE TOPICS clinical ethics clinical trials stem cells 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/nasal_growth_found_on_womans_back_after_stem_cell_treatment/11059 (2016-02-18)
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