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  • BioEdge: Japanese research brings artificial sperm closer
    pluripotent stem cells that are often derived from adult skin cells A number of research teams have created PGCs in the past but no healthy offspring have ever resulted Fertility expert Dr Allan Pacey of the University of Sheffield told the London Telegraph This is quite a step forward in developing a process by which sperm could be made for infertile men perhaps by taking as a starting point a cell from their skin or from something like bone marrow Clearly more work needs to be done to refine this process but it s hugely exciting Already some research teams are trying to create sperm and eggs from induced pluripotent stem cells This would make it possible for gay couples to have children who are genetically their own Some progress has been made towards this headline grabbing goal Last year scientists at M D Anderson Cancer Center in Houston produced male and female mice from two fathers using iPS cells The technique is too complicated to be practical but the potential for ethical controversy is enormous As ethicist Insoo Hyun of Case Western Resrve University noted some time ago Hastings Center Report Jan Feb 2008 This fact could radically alter

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/japanese_research_brings_artificial_sperm_closer/9676 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    ESCs into sperm precursors called primordial germ cells PGCs and showed that these cells can in turn give rise to healthy sperm 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/artificial+sperm (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Privacy 2: big data and privacy rights
    for the deliberate misuse of data whether or not it results in demonstrable harm to individuals There should be complete audit trails of everyone who has been given access to NHS data and the purposes to which they have been put An independent broadly representative group of participants should be convened to develop a public statement about how data held by the Health and Social Care Information Centre the entity that controls the use and availability of big health data from the NHS Cambridge University professor Martin Richards the chair of the working party that produced the report stressed the importance of improving the existing framework If we don t get this right we risk losing public trust in research and ultimately missing out on the benefits this type of research can bring Professor Mike Parker of the University of Oxford another member of the committee said Consent is very important It is clearly very important that people know what their data is going to be used for MORE ON THESE TOPICS care data Nuffield Council on Bioethics privacy This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/privacy_2_big_health_data_review/11320 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    that the existing privacy framework in the UK needs major revision 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/care.data (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: UK ethics group backs “three-parent” embryos
    that the controversial procedure will be recommended by the government s fertility watchdog the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority A working group concluded that If proved safe and effective and if appropriate information and support is offered it would be ethical for families to use these techniques as treatment One of the main ethical consideration is that this is a form of germline therapy meaning that the slightly altered genetic code in an embryo will be passed to the next generation The chairman of the Council s working group science journalist Geoff Watts told a press briefing that this is basically a dry run for subsequent approval of gene editing technologies It s obvious that sooner or later someone is going to want to do this in nuclear genes he said Although the media consistently described embryos created through mitochondrial donation as three parent babies Dr Watts declared that In our view there is no justification for ascribing parenthood to this third individual or indeed grounds for fears that offspring born through this technology might find their inheritance confusing or disturbing In any case some experts had told the Council that human kinship was a highly fluid concept Such relationships range from those entirely determined by genetic inheritance to others reflecting social factors alone Many are based on a sometimes bewildering blend of the two MORE ON THESE TOPICS germline therapy Nuffield Council on Bioethics 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/uk_ethics_group_backs_three_parent_embryos/10110 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    leading UK ethics group has backed the creation of three parent IVF babies to battle rare genetic diseases The London based Nuffield Council on Bioethics could see almost no substantial problems with two procedures 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/germline+therapy (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Doctors should report wayward colleagues, say British MPs
    any concerns they have about the quality of care being delivered by their colleagues as a result of what they know or should have known said Mr Dorrell We look to the General Medical Council to ensure that failure to act is regarded as a serious breach of professional obligation One glaring example of negligence is the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust where scores of doctors must have known about problems at the hospital But almost no one lodged official complaints Paul Flynn of the British Medical Association told the BMJ It would be contrary to natural justice to be held to account for something you genuinely didn t know about but perhaps those who stick their heads in the sand and deliberately don t look for problems should be held to account for it However Mr Dorrell stressed that doctors must be held responsible In the end the quality assurance method in a care system is not the regulator in London it s your professional colleagues around you that themselves know what good professional care looks like and know that it s their registration at risk if they tolerate second rate care going on around them This wider responsibility

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/doctors_should_report_wayward_colleagues_say_british_mps/9677 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Now a committee of the House of Commons in the UK has proposed that doctors be deregistered if they fail to report erring colleagues 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

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