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  • BioEdge: Korean stem cell fraud in technicolour
    suk claimed to have cloned human embryos and produced live saving embryonic stem cells The journalists who exposed Hwang s unethical mendacity were regarded as heartless and unpatriotic According to the Wall Street Journal Ryu Young joon the real whistleblower told science journal Nature in January this year that had his identity leaked online and he and his family went into hiding for six months after the first program was broadcast following threats from Dr Hwang s supporters Let s hope the producers make the film available with English sub titles soon Thanks for the tip to Pete Shanks at Biopolitical Times MORE ON THESE TOPICS films Hwang Woo suk Korea 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 terms Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/korean_stem_cell_fraud_in_technicolour/11169 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Disgraced South Korean cloning expert making a comeback
    is making a comeback as a specialist in cloning animals especially dogs Outside Seoul he runs the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation which was launched in 2006 with millions of dollars from supporters He has 45 staff and delivers about 15 cloned puppies a month Americans mostly are paying US 100 000 to have their pets cloned His group is publishing in peer reviewed journals and he has forged ties with the world s largest sequencing facility BGI in Shenzhen China Half of his budget comes from government grants Despite the scepticism of other scientists in Korea and abroad Hwang who is now 61 is clearly a comeback kid He is even seeking recognition of his claim that he did clone a human embryo even if the research was tarnished by misconduct Nature s editorial team was shocked when many South Koreans interpreted Cyranoski s profile as recognition of his achievements A week later they published an editorial in which they insisted that The evidence suggests that Hwang was not a great scientist The potential of Hwang s claimed work was over hyped even before the work was exposed as fraudulent especially considering that superior technologies such as stem cells made from reprogrammed adult cells were already in the offing The best way they suggest for Hwang to be accepted as a scientist of integrity is to drop his legal action seeking recognition as the first to clone a human being People are asking can we trust him Part of the answer lies in how he resolves this issue If he wants to start again he should look there MORE ON THESE TOPICS Hwang Woo suk Nature science fraud This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/disgraced_south_korean_cloning_expert_making_a_comeback/10835 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    shattered for ever Disgraced South Korean cloning expert making a comeback Michael Cook 31 January 2014 Comments tags Hwang Woo suk Nature science fraud With the help of loyal supporters and the government Hwang Woo suk is forging a new career 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/science+fraud (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Wrong twin aborted in Australian mix-up
    of the ultrasound the doctor gave the wrong twin a lethal injection After they realised their mistake the staff the live but ill twin was aborted The woman was very distressed She went to the hospital with two babies and now she has none a friend told the Herald Sun Three independent investigations have been launched into the incident As British bioethics writer Peter Saunders points out the case illustrates the conundrums raised by the notion of the wanted child It is interesting that the killing of an unwanted child with special needs in the womb is regarded as normal whilst the killing of a wanted normal child is seen as a tragedy and worthy of international news coverage And yet if the abnormal baby had actually been born doctors would presumably have done everything possible to provide what treatment or care they could Of course if the second normal child had also been unwanted then the story would not have warranted a mention Abortion of unwanted normal babies takes place over 40 million times every year around the world Herald Sun Nov 24 MORE ON THESE TOPICS abortion Australia fetal reduction Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/wrong_twin_aborted_in_australian_mix_up/9853 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: The gut-wrenching dilemmas of “foetal reduction”
    all its successes writes Padawer reproductive medicine has produced a paradox in creating life where none seemed possible doctors often generate more fetuses than they intend In the mid 1980s they devised an escape hatch to deal with these mega pregnancies terminating all but two or three fetuses to lower the risks to women and the babies they took home But now foetal reduction is being offered for social reasons as an option for women who could not stand the stress of having twins what began as an intervention for extreme medical circumstances has quietly become an option for women carrying twins With that pregnancy reduction shifted from a medical decision to an ethical dilemma As science allows us to intervene more than ever at the beginning and the end of life it outruns our ability to reach a new moral equilibrium We still have to work out just how far we re willing to go to construct the lives we want William Saletan who writes in the online magazine Slate comments on the queasiness and misgivings of doctors and patients over foetal reduction which raises weighty questions about abortion itself It combines in a single pregnancy a wanted and an unwanted fetus In the case of identical twins even their genomes are indistinguishable You can t pretend that one is precious and the other is just tissue You re killing the same creature to which you re dedicating your life Sophie s Choice is a common theme in abortion decisions To give your existing kids the attention and resources they ll need you have to terminate your fetus This rationale fits the pro choice calculus that born children are worth more than unborn ones But in the case of reduction the child for whom you re reserving attention and

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/the_gut_wrenching_dilemmas_of_foetal_reduction/9692 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Licence revoked of doctor who treated “OctoMom”
    conduct is a rare finding amongst California s 122 000 doctors There were only 9 in the last fiscal year One feature of Dr Kamrava s treament which troubled the board was his assumption that his patients would reduce their pregnancies if there were too many foetuses It said that his patients trusted him to create life and carry it into the world Foetal reduction would have created risks including the loss of all pregnancy Dr Kamrava contended that his patients bore some responsibility for problems arising from multiple births if they agreed to a foetal reduction and then reneged To assign even a scintilla of responsibility to a patient who becomes pregnant and then elects not to follow through with a procedure that may jeopardize her and possibly her family s prized objective is troubling and telling the board said In some ways Dr Kamrava seems hard done by Even the board acknowledged that he was a respected and competent professional The most famous IVF doctor in the state Dr Jeffrey Steinberg told the board that it was extraordinarily unusual for patients to refuse to go through with foetal reduction In 2007 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/licence_revoked_of_doctor_who_treated_octomom/9567 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    woman who gave birth to live octuplets in January 2009 has been deregistered 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/Michael+Kamrava (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Foetal reduction essential for IVF, says specialist
    in the room with the patient In fact Dr Steinberg went on many of his patients ask for a large number of embryos to be implanted because they want large families In our eyes those embryos belong to the patients and they have to make decisions about them Steinberg said And if there are too many Fetal reduction remains as our safety net with in vitro fertilization Steinberg said Los

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/foetal_reduction_essential_for_ivf_says_specialist/9301 (2016-02-18)
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