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First Human Embryos Edited in U.S.: A Bright Red Line Is Crossed

July 28, 2017 • Posted in Blog

“Sooner than we expected”: A friend – a scientist steeped in the bioethics realm – wrote to me of her surprise at the announcement of the first embryonic humans edited in the United States. Steve Connor, writing in the MIT Technology Review, reported the work on 26 July 2017.  Doubtless, the publication of the work in a scientific journal will follow.

The article, “First human embryos edited in U.S.” by Steve Connor, describes the process thusly: “A person familiar with the research says ‘many tens’ of human IVF embryos were created for the experiment using the donated sperm of men carrying ...read more

Helping Patients Live vs. Helping Them Die

June 6, 2017 • Posted in Blog

 

Cultural Suicide On Sunday, 28 May 2017, The Tennessean published a full page set of articles on the problem of suicide amongst the armed forces in our nation. The year 2012 saw a peak of 22 U.S. veterans killing themselves per day (Jake Lowary, “‘I can’t do barbecues:’ Veteran says“). The Department of Veterans Affairs plans a 7.5 percent budget increase to $186.1 million in 2018 — all to address suicide prevention, the department’s “highest clinical priority” (Jake Lowary, “Suicide rising in the military, but some programs give veterans hope“).

In light of these sobering statistics, it is ironic that the American ...read more

Choosing Wisely — an initiative of the ABIM Foundation

April 10, 2012 • Posted in Medicine & Health

Nine United States specialty societies representing 374,000 physicians developed lists of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” in recognition of the importance of physician and patient conversations to improve care and eliminate unnecessary tests and procedures.

http://choosingwisely.org/?page_id=13

FDA Okays First Cord Blood Product — medpage TODAY

November 10, 2011 • Posted in Atlas

http://www.medpagetoday.com/HematologyOncology/Hematology/29594

Virulent E. Coli Strain Spreads in Germany and Puzzles Health Officials — New York Times

June 2, 2011 • Posted in Atlas

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/02/world/europe/02ecoli.html

Convicted rapist next in line for organ transplant — BioEdge

May 6, 2011 • Posted in Medicine & Health

http://www.bioedge.org/index.php/bioethics/bioethics_article/9504/

Crime and Transplants — Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics Bulletin

May 6, 2011 • Posted in Medicine & Health

http://bioethicsbulletin.org/archive/crime-and-transplants/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=crime-and-transplants

Convicted rapist from Auburn may get life-saving heart transplant — Syracuse.com

May 6, 2011 • Posted in Medicine & Health

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/04/convicted_rapist_from_syracuse.html

Scottish scientists grow kidneys in a laboratory — Daily Record

April 12, 2011 • Posted in Atlas

By Charlie Gall

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/health-news/2011/04/11/scottish-scientists-grow-kidneys-in-a-laboratory-86908-23053117/

NICUs May Be Source of Donor Organs — medpage TODAY

January 7, 2011 • Posted in Medicine & Health

http://www.medpagetoday.com/Transplantation/Transplantation/24208