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  • BioEdge: Helpful hints in the healthcare rationing debate
    tout pardonner and tout pardonner makes dull copy Of course one needs to comprehend something especially in bioethics where some all actually of the issues are so thorny and controversial But I frankly confess to being baffled by the angry American debate over healthcare rationing Is it being thrifty or is it violating human rights I am grateful to Jacob M Appel who writes for a sterling bioethical journal called The Huffington Post for enlightening me In a recent contribution he makes the argument for rationing in the starkest possible terms let s unplug patients in a permanent vegetative state Caring for them costs too much See below When it is framed in such black and white terms it is not difficult for me to make up my mind at least at the outer margins of the debate I doubt that the Obama Administration will be using Mr Appel as a consultant but at least I now see what is at stake So thanks Jacob What do you think Make a comment Cheers Michael Cook Editor MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/helpful_hints_in_the_healthcare_rationing_debate/9101/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Can we please have our laws back?
    appeared on the media and before parliamentary committees demanding funding for their research into human embryonic stem cells Without it they declared sick children will die Squelch your ethical qualms about destroying human embryos and we will deliver cures and miracle drugs Most governments listened They changed the laws What has happened An interview with Harvard scientist George Q Daley in the latest issue of Nature Medicine gives some insight In 2007 scientists discovered a new way of creating cells which were functionally equivalent to embryonic stem cells It was ethically non controversial because it destroyed no embryos Within weeks Daley and many others abandoned their embryos and set to work on induced pluripotent stem cells But the laws still allow them to destroy those embryos In other words governments and the public were scammed They traded convictions for cures and they lost both The anguish and desperation were just bargaining chips I feel that stem cell scientists owe us an apology What do you think Cheers Michael Cook Editor MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter MOST READ Dutch psychiatric patients may

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/can_we_please_have_our_laws_back/9089/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: India’s looming commercial surrogacy
    a robust debate informed by a more metaphysical tradition and by respect for human rights One example of this is a bill being considered by India s parliament which will legalise commercial surrogacy The groundwork was laid by a report written by the India Law Commission last year It was fairly sketchy and very liberal But the bill ignored its key point that surrogacy should not be commercialised If the bill passes in its present form poor Indian women will be exploited as wombs for hire The provisions of the bill which protect the rights of these unfortunate women do not inspire confidence Judging from comments from Indian IVF clinics commercial surrogacy will be a bonanza for them A world wide market for surrogate mothers especially for gay couples is opening up as adoption becomes more and more difficult and they expect many clients It is hard to describe this as anything other than contemptible colonialism I wish bioethicists elsewhere would give this dangerous and ill conceived legislation a big raspberry Cheers Michael Cook Editor MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter MOST

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/indias_looming_commercial_surrogacy/9076/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: A bioethical telenovela from Argentina
    The adopted heirs of a leading Argentine leading media group have been forced to give DNA samples to see if they are the children of los desaparecidos victims of the military junta which executed left wing foes and adopted out their babies Should they be forced by a specially tailored law to know the truth about themselves especially since their obscure origin may have nothing to do with los desaparecidos

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/a_bioethical_telenovela_from_argentina/9061/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: abortion by telemedicine
    interesting and quite unexplored issues in medical ethics Is medicine a personal relationship or just a service Is the internet an adequate way of engaging in a doctor patient relationship Can patient confidentiality be ensured How can telemedicine doctors ensure continuity of service This seems to be consistent with a growing trend towards depersonalisation in society Is it really where medicine should go Any ideas Cheers Michael Cook MORE ON

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/abortion_by_telemedicine/9044/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Website redesign on the way
    share articles with your friends This week s selection of articles is a bit on the light side with a YouTube video of a thrash death metal song from Fear Factory about assisted suicide and a bizarre attempted murder in California which might qualify as a mercy killing But there are weighty stories aplenty as well Cheers Michael Cook Editor MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/website_redesign_on_the_way/9033/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Why isn’t the media across Katie’s Law?
    simpler But when an opportunity came to debate a privacy issue which reaches much further into people s lives the House of Representatives hardly paid attention By a vote of 357 to 32 it approved Katie s Law a measure that will bribe state governments to help build up a national DNA crime database This was hugely controversial in the UK s recent election and one of the first promises made by the new government s deputy prime minister was to dismantle the country s vast DNA database as a blot on British liberties Why isn t the US media taking this up Whether you approve or disapprove of a DNA database you must admit that it is a major civil liberties issue We have a few other stories for you this week as well reopening the debate over gay blood donors organ donation in Pakistan the perils of ancestor testing adult stem cells which rebuilt a boy s windpipe and much more Enjoy Cheers Michael Cook Editor MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter MOST READ Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/why_isnt_the_media_across_katies_law/9022/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Craig Venter creates synthetic microorganism
    the Elohim and wants to clone humans as a path to immortality Their leader Rael a former French sports journalist says With Venter s achievement we re witnessing the first step toward the Elohimization of humanity that will bring the creation of the first synthetic human being So if any of our readers have Craig Venter s ear perhaps they could tell him that he has a future as a

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/craig_venter_creates_synthetic_microorganism/9013/ (2016-02-18)
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