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blog.bioethics.net 10/16/2019 05:41
Prof. Elizabeth Anderson’s second Uehiro lecture focuses on how we can overcome obstacles to fact-based political discourse. In particular, the lecture concerns how we might prevent identity-expressive discourse (a term introduced in the first lecture; see summary of lecture 1 below) from displacing the discussion of facts and evidence in public discourse, and how we […]
blog.bioethics.net 10/15/2019 07:31
Clinicians at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital determined that Bobby Reyes was dead on September 24, 2019. Yet, due to court injunctions obtained by his family, the hospital has continued organ-sustaining treatment for the past 22 days. Today, the family. to seek an extension of the injunction. Based on compelling evidence in (like Mirranda Lawson in Richmond), the impact on the staff and on other pediatric patients is likely significant.
blog.bioethics.net 10/15/2019 05:18
Henry Ford would be proud. We now have the ability to mass produce humanoids, embryonic cells derived from human embryonic stem cells or induced pluripotent stem cells (the latter can be made from adult cells). These cells are specifically designed by researchers to have some but not all of the necessary elements to be fully …
blog.bioethics.net 10/14/2019 16:19
Neither one of us expected to be talking about Hannah Arendt at the Vatican. We had been invited to give talks at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on the scientific and ethical challenges posed by personalized medicine. Walking across the cobblestones of St. Peter’s Square we began to discuss how society regulates biomedical research. Are institutional review boards capable of dealing with innovations like personalized medicine? Are they too bound by regulations? Can they ask larger questions of meaning when simply following the rules won't suffice? And most worrisome, has their bureaucratic function caused them to mistake regulatory compliance for ethical reflection? .
blog.bioethics.net 10/14/2019 10:02
** This article was originally featured on the Genetic Literacy Project on October 1, 2019. This article, along with more information and additional links can be found at: . **. I'm dreading the debut of the Fox TV series. on October 2. In it, Julia Bechley discovers that her dying dad, a famous fertility doctor, had made dozens of personal DNA donations that are now millennials, at least two of whom have unknowingly hooked up. Many of us in the donor-conceived (DC) community have already seen the series as the Australian show. on Netflix. I hope the new incarnation changes the ending, which was the worst since the supposedly-dead. appeared in the shower in the 1986 finale of the TV series. Dallas. and revealed that the entire season, in which he.
blog.bioethics.net 10/13/2019 14:38
Autonomy, Liberty of Movement & Narrative Power. by September Williams, MD. is a feature length documentary by. . Its world premiere was at the Mill Valley Film Festival October 5, 2019. Lexton is a consummate film professional, writer and narrative educator now stepping into the director’s chair. This work expresses a gentle passion for extracting primary motivating forces driving atypical protagonists. THE LURE OF THIS LAND (LOTL) is a filmic exploration of individual autonomy manifested by self-determination through the l iberty of movement . …
blog.bioethics.net 10/08/2019 23:44
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D. a pattern in some transplant patients at Newark Beth Israel Hospital (NJ): In a few cases, patients were kept in the ICU for one year after transplant and then quickly sent to a long-term care facility where they died. The story came to light when ProPublica learned of Darryl Young, a heart transplant patient who suffered brain damage during his surgery and remains in an unresponsive state (PVS). The reporters apparently brought the story to the patient’s sister who had no idea that her brother was only being kept breathing to help the hospital’s statistics.…
blog.bioethics.net 10/07/2019 11:26
Today’s Miami Herald [limited access] is reporting that there are on-going scams targeting the elderly by doing unnecessary DNA tests on them, with the intent of committing Medicare fraud. The article states, “Genetic testing . . . has become so corrupted by racketeers that the Justice Department recently unveiled its first nationwide take-down of 35 suspects …
blog.bioethics.net 10/07/2019 10:09
Many survivors of sexual assault are not receiving the justice they deserve. For one thing, an estimated hundreds of thousands of rape kits are left unused, reducing the odds that the perpetrators will be identified and prosecuted. When rape kits are used, many survivors are flooded with bills, in some cases for many years. This system is unethical and illegal. .
blog.bioethics.net 10/07/2019 05:54
Last week saw the launch of a campaign (run by the group Vegetarian For Life) that seeks to ensure that older people in care who have ethical commitments to a particular diet are not given food that violates those commitments. This is, as the campaign makes clear, a particularly pressing issue for those who have […]

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