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The Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to improving quality of life in vulnerable populations globally, through research, education and policy change recommendations. GBI concentrates on disparities over international lines which often lead to poor health and needless loss of life.

Special screening event of “Tales from the Organ Trade” in partnership with HBO Documentary Films Division, October 28, 2013


Posted on 18 Aug 2014

By Jake Stern
Scientists from Imperial College London are testing an injection that could, in the future, replace heart transplants and other cardiac surgery. The subjects of the study are two dozen patients at Harefield hospital in the United Kingdom with serious heart failure and fitted with mechanical pumps. The gene therapy involves injecting a benign virus with copies of an enzyme that helps heart muscles contract by recycling calcium.
The replacement …

Posted on 12 Aug 2014

By Chiru Murage
There is a call for the Ministry of Health to establish protocols preventing the sale of Iranian kidneys to foreign patients. The Ministry, however, blames society for this problem. Doctors in Iran are thousands of dollars to carry out transplants on patients that come with fake documents to the country in search of people willing to sell their organs. Kidney donation to foreign nationals is illegal in Iran, …

Posted on 11 Aug 2014

By Saara Akhtar
As the interest in 3D bioprinting is sky-rocketing, it seems as though the limelight has illuminated a bigger problem for the technology that may be solved by the use of “ghost organs”. 3D bioprinting uses living cells to create models of organs and tissues. These lab-grown organs could be potentially created from adult pluripotent stem cells (cells with the capacity to differentiate many different cells). Thus, there …

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