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  • BioEdge: Harvard to sidestep Bush’s restrictions on stem cell research
    centre on the drawing board It will be built and operated with private funding so that it can bypass federal restrictions on embryonic stem cell research Harvard has the resources Harvard has the breadth and frankly Harvard has the responsibility to be taking up the slack that the government is leaving says Dr George Q Daley The proposed stem cell institute will work together with Harvard s other schools government law divinity and business to understand the implications of the new technology Harvard is not the only institution attempting to do research on embryos without government funding Other private initiatives are under way at the University of Wisconsin Madison the University of Minnesota and the University of California San Francisco The state of New Jersey has promised US 6 5 million to Rutgers University for stem cell research and Californian activists are seeking a referendum on a proposal to provide US 3 billion over 10 years 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/harvard_to_sidestep_bushs_restrictions_on_stem_cell_research/7799 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Bitter bioethicists link hands with angry scientists
    as the Australian philosopher Peter Singer and Ruth Macklin The letter may signal a trend towards political activism amongst American bioethicists Coincidentally Dr Caplan s letter appeared on the website of the American Journal of Bioethics he is a board member under an article calling upon the profession to act as public intellectuals who play a prominent role in shaping public opinion on a variety of topics by using the media skilfully The American Society for Cell Biology also denounced the sacking of its former president Elizabeth Blackburn an Australian calling it a Friday afternoon massacre Dr Blackburn attributed her departure to bias Holding science hostage to ideology that s what it looks like to me she said The chairman of the bioethics council Dr Leon Kass denied that his council was being stacked to rubberstamp the views of President George Bush Such charges were malicious and false he said His explanation was that the council was shifting its focus from reproductive technology to issues of neuroscience brain and behaviour The new appointees reflected the need for different expertise he said MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/bitter_bioethicists_link_hands_with_angry_scientists/7800 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Ignore wishes of relatives of organ donors, says Abbott
    Abbott says that reform of the Australian organ donor system is one his main priorities as minister Greens Senator Bob Brown of Tasmania supports an even more radical proposal for an opt out system Doctors would presume that everyone is a potential organ donor unless a person had expressly stated that he did not want to donate However University of Tasmania ethicist Christopher Newell said that organ donation should be

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/ignore_wishes_of_relatives_of_organ_donors_says_abbott/7801 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: More AIDS victims get transplants in US
    disease A federal government health agency and researchers at 17 US transplant centres have now launched a five year study of 275 patients to examine what happens when HIV patients receive new livers or kidneys About 100 such operations have already been done and health insurance companies often agree to pay for them In the past transplant surgeons were reluctant to deal with HIV infected patients because they felt that scarce organs should be given to people who would live longer They also felt that medicines to suppress rejection might actually hasten the death of HIV patients There were also fears that medical staff might become infected However with the development of better AIDS drugs and increasing pressure from AIDS activists doctors are beginning to change their minds It s such backward thinking for people to argue that HIV patients shouldn t be transplanted says Dr John Fung of the University of Pittsburgh whose hospital is the leader in HIV transplants 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/more_aids_victims_get_transplants_in_us/7802 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    a breathing ventilator since 1997 and cannot eat speak or even indicate if she is suffering The hospital concedes that she may be fully conscious Her eldest daughter Carol is acting as healthcare proxy She says that her mother had foreseen the progress of her disease and wanted aggressive treatment to stay alive as long as she showed signs of brain function She told me she wanted all aggressive treatment done unless she became brain dead or semi comatose And I m talking for her today feeling what she would say if she could sit up in the bed she would say Continue until God takes me I don t want Dr Billings taking my life I want God taking my life says Carol Howe The hospital click here to read whole article and make comments Monash IVF opens clinic in China by Michael Cook 2 Apr 2004 One of Australia s leading IVF clinics has opened a joint venture in Shanghai The Shanghai Daily News reports that Monash IVF and the Shanghai International Peace Maternity and Child Health Hospital have opened a joint venture IVF clinic According to Chinese statistics 10 of the 3 million couples of child bearing age in Shanghai are infertile Between 5 and 10 of these turn to IVF for help in having a child click here to read whole article and make comments IN BRIEF pigs and surgeons Zavos back Viagra Texas gift by Michael Cook 2 Apr 2004 Animal lovers and human surgeons in the UK have clashed over using pigs as practice for junior surgeons Currently the law only allows the use of rodents but the Royal College of Surgeons says that doctors are not getting enough practice and need to operate on sheep and pigs Wendy Higgins of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection said that this was unnecessary and wrong She told the BBC that ethically the animal s life is worth more than being used as some kind of disposable surgical tool click here to read whole article and make comments Assisted suicide in Oregon creeps ahead by Michael Cook 19 Mar 2004 Forty two people died in Oregon through doctor assisted suicide in 2003 the highest number since it was legalised in 1997 according to figures released this month The increase was small and assisted suicide still only accounts for 1 death in 1 000 in the state But the news is sure to add fuel to the smouldering euthanasia debate in the US President Bush s Attorney General John Ashcroft effectively banned assisted suicide in Oregon for about a year before he was overruled by a court The federal government s appeal against that decision is still pending In total 67 prescriptions for lethal drug doses were written in 2003 by 42 doctors Of these 39 died after taking the drug 18 died of their illnesses and 10 remained alive at the end of the year Of the doctors who wrote the prescriptions 27 wrote

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/P4630 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Utah woman who refused Caesarean charged with murder
    that Melissa Ann Rowland 28 wanted to avoid a C section scar for cosmetic reasons The details of the case are sketchy from news reports but Ms Rowland appears to be an unmarried overweight substance abuser who already has some children She seems bewildered by her arrest Ms Rowland s plight has attracted nation wide attention both from pro life groups who see their ideas on the foetus s right to life confirmed and from feminists who fear that women s rights over their bodies might be restricted Although a charge of murder seems exceptionally harsh the Utah Supreme Court recently ruled that unborn children at all stages of development are covered under the state s criminal homicide law with the exception of the death of a foetus due to abortion The law has been used to prosecute women whose children are harmed by their drug addiction but never women who have refused to take a doctor s advice 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/utah_woman_who_refused_caesarean_charged_with_murder/7783 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Sacked biologist fires another volley
    advice to the US Government if they believethat their work will be manipulated for political ends Professor Blackburn s sacking has become a cause celebre in US scientific circles There appear to be two reasons for this A number of scientists warmly supported by the Democrats notably Congressman Henry A Waxman have complained throughout the Bush administration that it uses science for devious political ends This latest row seems to fit neatly into a pattern of manipulation But it also is being used as ammunition by supporters of embryo research which Bush has restricted The publication of Blackburn s comments in the prestigious NEJM supports the conviction of its editor Jeffrey M Drazen that US scientists must be allowed to do research on embryonic stem cells Last year he vowed to aggressively seek out and publish research on this topic The effect of Professor Blackburn s accusations has been to heighten the scepticism of many American scientists towards the work of Leon Kass and his council However as bioethicist Carl Elliott points out in the on line magazine Slate the council has done some remarkable work The critical ideological divide he comments may be less right versus left than techno

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/sacked_biologist_fires_another_volley/7784 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Vatican calls for more fertility research
    of their sterility It foresaw a growing feeling that artificial reproduction was to be preferred to natural reproduction because the outcome could be controlled All this contributes to considering the child obtained through artificial reproductive technologies as a product whose value in reality depends to a large extent on its good quality subjected to severe controls and selected with care it said MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/vatican_calls_for_more_fertility_research/7785 (2016-02-18)
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