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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    a legal duty to regard all persons equally regardless of their gender identity It appears that some of the ASRM s members have had click here to read whole article and make comments The top tech ethical issues of 2016 by Michael Cook 19 Dec 2015 What will the top ethical dilemmas of technology be in 2016 The John J Reilly Center for Science Technology and Values at the University of Notre Dame has released its annual list to get people thinking before controversial science or technology goes mainstream Here are the ethical issues listed in no particular order Bioethical concerns are very prominent Talking Barbie a new Barbie that wants to record conversations she has with your child CRISPR Cas9 technology for gene editing Rapid whole genome diagnosis a way to record and catalog the genomes of newborns in order to improve disease detection Digital labor rights a discussion of the tension between anonymous workers and anonymous bosses Head transplants a procedure that one doctor has promised to develop by 2017 Disappearing drones drones that deliver payloads and then disappear into thin click here to read whole article and make comments Interview David S Oderberg by David S Oderberg 15 Dec 2015 David S Oderberg is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading UK and has written extensively on bioethical issues such as abortion euthanasia genetic engineering animal rights and capital punishment from a natural law anti consequentialist viewpoint He is also the editor of Ratio an international journal of analytic philosophy Xavier Symons Deputy Editor of BioEdge asked him to comment on the state of contemporary bioethics Xavier Symons In your opinion what are the main philosophical concepts that bioethicists tend to misunderstand David S Oderberg There s a lot of misunderstanding in the bioethics industry because it is something of an industry although I d prefer to put it in terms of simple mistakes or confusions I don t think most bioethicists misunderstand what they believe or recommend at policy level since most have a clear agenda which is to pull apart as many taboos i e commonsense click here to read whole article and make comments Should high school football be banned by Michael Cook 12 Dec 2015 Bioethics is closing in on American football An expert on concussion writing in the New York Times says that children should be allowed to play until they have reached the age of consent It is our moral duty as a society to protect the most vulnerable of us The human brain becomes fully developed at about 18 to 25 years old We should at least wait for our children to grow up be provided with the information and education on the risk of play and let them make their own decisions No adult not a parent or a coach should be allowed to make this potentially life altering decision for a child Dr Bennet Omalu who first diagnosed Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy CTE in 2002 and is the

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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    has not even been completed Boyalife also has plans for dogs thoroughbred horses and monkeys And after the technology for cloning them is mastered humans could be next The AFP report says The firm does not currently engage in human cloning activities Chief executive Xu Xiaochun said adding that it has to be self restrained because click here to read whole article and make comments US surrogates with triplets pressured to abort by Michael Cook 4 Dec 2015 Melissa Cook Two surrogate mothers who are pregnant with triplets are being pressured by the prospective fathers to abort one of the babies California woman Melissa Cook 47 told her story to the New York Post She claims that the father from Georgia hired her for US 33 000 to have a child using his sperm and the eggs of a 20 year old donor The IVF doctor implanted three embryos in the hope that one would survive But all three did Ms Cook realised that she would have triplets at 8 or 9 weeks After 20 weeks it is nearly impossible to get an abortion in California so the father is doing everything he can to force the issue She gave the Post a letter from the man s lawyer who said that his client understands albeit does not agree with your decision not to reduce click here to read whole article and make comments IVF booming in China by Michael Cook 4 Dec 2015 China s decision to abolish the one child policy made many couples happy and many IVF clinics Business is booming as many couples are eager to ensure that they have a boy Chinese women marry at around 28 so many will have trouble conceiving a second child if they wait until they are 35 or so Here we can do IVF with gender selection and you don t need lots of documentation a doctor at a Guangdong clinic told Reuters He said that there had been a 50 rise in consultations since the announcement Clinics are so busy it s unbearable Whichever hospital you go to it s always rammed with people said a doctor at an IVF clinic in Shanghai China is set to be the biggest IVF market in the world probably within the next couple of years an American involved in reproductive health says Overseas groups like click here to read whole article and make comments Surrogacy in Mexico by Michael Cook 4 Dec 2015 Another documentary about the dark side of surrogacy this time in Mexico Channel 4 journalist Kiki King interviews surrogate mothers and American surrogacy agencies It s not a rosy picture of loving surrogates and gushing parents One of the surrogates even claimed that her agency did not give her enough to eat Another found out after she became pregnant that her client and sperm donor was HIV positive Another became pregnant without a contract For the full video watch it on YouTube click here to read whole article

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  • BioEdge: Sacked scientist campaigns for unbiases US science policy
    of scientists studying ageing There is always this strong implication in the reports that medical research is not what God intended that there is something unnatural about it Dr Blackburn told the Boston Globe We had a great many comments on the report and they would just make a little changes that didn t fully address them MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by

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  • BioEdge: Menopause dogma could be a myth
    number of eggs which are depleted with age But research on mice at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston has shown that new follicles the tiny sacs in which eggs grow are being created well into adult life from stem cells These are basic biological findings that may change everything in our field says Dr Jonathan Tilly Although there is no way to say how long it may take for these finding to actually affect the care of patients we are very excited Now that the egg stem cells have been identified it may be possible to delay the ageing of the ovaries and to extend female fertility and delay menopause Eggs could also be created with therapeutic cloning However this development has yet to be confirmed in humans and a leading figure in reproductive biology Professor Roger Gosden is sceptical If we have been wrong I will be astounded he told the Telegraph MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed MOST READ Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study Should we get rid

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/menopause_dogma_could_be_a_myth/7794 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Save me from my doctors, says UK patient
    until he died Mr Burke s barrister argues that the guidelines could breach his right to life and his right to be spared inhuman and degrading treatment under the European convention on human rights as well as his right to autonomy and his right to a fair hearing The counsel for the GMC described the scenario painted by Mr Burke as unrealistic MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to

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  • BioEdge: Watching the watchdog
    had an inappropriate relationship with a patient The Council was established last year to deal with extreme cases where the public interest in having a clearly perverse decision overturned outweighs the public interest in independent self regulation This is the first time that it has exercised its powers MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/watching_the_watchdog/7796 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: IN BRIEF: Israeli surprise; Vatican appointment; Singapore sperm shortage; Australian IVF; stem cell
    released from jail in 2002 after serving 7 years of a 12 year sentence A few weeks ago he was engaged to teach philosophy and medical ethics for two hours a week at night school MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed MOST READ Dutch psychiatric patients may

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  • BioEdge: Harvard scientists offer 17 stem cell lines for free
    which had developed for 3 to 5 days He has also written a cookbook to help other scientists use his stem cells and create more lines In recent weeks restrictions imposed by President Bust which allow federal funding only for stem cell lines approved before 9 August 2001 have become increasingly irritating American scientists winced when South Koreans announced that they had cloned human embryos and created stem cell lines Federally funded scientists have to drive Model T s while Korean scientists get to drive around in the newest Porsche said Dr George Q Daley a Harvard researcher Furthermore many of the 78 eligible stem cell lines are said to be unavailable The National Institutes of Health says that 16 of them have failed to develop several have developed genetic abnormalities and others are not being released by overseas laboratories The figure of 78 appears to have shrunk to 23 infuriating stem cell scientists and their supporters who still hope that embryonic stem cells will deliver silver bullets for diabetes Parkinson s disease and other chronic debilitating ailments MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to

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