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Taking stock: Where are we now?

January 30, 2016 • Posted in Blog

D. Joy Riley, M.D., M.A.

Taking stock of where one is at the beginning of a new project or a new year is a good idea. Where we are in the entire realm of bioethics is beyond the scope of one blog post, but what follows are some landmarks discernible in January 2016…

Physician-Assisted Suicide

On Sunday, 24 January, John Jay Hooker, Tennessee lawyer, politician, and activist, died. Mr. Hooker had most recently championed “death with dignity” — physician-assisted suicide — in a proposed bill and in the courts. By the time of his death, neither the legislature nor the courts had provided more

Gene-editing summit supports some research in human embryos — Nature News

December 4, 2015 • Posted in Atlas

By Sara Reardon

3 December 2015

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Lord Robert Winston’s Fertility Warning — TVNZ ONENEWS

March 18, 2014 • Posted in Atlas

Lord Robert Winston’s TVNZ Breakfast Interview is here.

Public Comment before the FDA Cellular, Tissue, and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee, 25 February 2014

February 25, 2014 • Posted in Blog

Good afternoon, Members of the Advisory Committee, Ladies and Gentlemen.

I am Dr. D. Joy Riley, the executive director of The Tennessee Center for Bioethics & Culture, an educational not-for-profit organization headquartered in Nashville, TN, dedicated to promoting human dignity in the face of challenges to what it means to be human, and to informing and equipping people to face the vital bioethics issues of the 21st Century.

I am a physician by training, and hold a graduate degree in bioethics as well. I appreciate the opportunity to speak to you today.  I have no conflicts of interest to report.

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THIRTY embryos created for every baby born by IVF . . . and thousands are thrown away — Daily Mail Online

July 23, 2011 • Posted in Atlas–thousands-thrown-away.html

California medical board revokes license of ‘Octomom’ doctor — LA Times

June 3, 2011 • Posted in Atlas,0,1500355.story

‘Mind reading’ scans raise ethical alarm — The Scotsman

April 12, 2011 • Posted in Atlas

By Lyndsay Moss

Approval for pre-pregnancy genetic screening — The Scotsman

April 7, 2011 • Posted in Atlas

By Lyndsay Moss

France rules against children of surrogate mothers — Washington Examiner

April 6, 2011 • Posted in Atlas


Select your baby’s sex for £14,000: How British couples are being sent to Cyprus for illegal fertility treatments — Mail Online

February 14, 2011 • Posted in Atlas