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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.
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Posted on 2 Feb 2016

By Farzana Paleker
An uptick in the use of heroin (and the sharing of dirty needles) has resulted in a 50 percent increase in the number of cases of recurrent heart valve disease. This phenomenon has presented Florida heart surgeons with an ethical dilemma: continue to provide these patients with expensive treatment, or turn them away.
This increase, surgeons say, places a huge burden on the state: tax money is used to provide …

Posted on 2 Feb 2016

By Kaitlyn Schaeffer
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Rene Tamjina-Pena’s latest documentary details the horrific story of several Mexican women who were sterilized in US hospitals during the 1960s and 1970s. No Mas Bebes depicts the women, often young, afraid, and unable to speak English, and explains how they ended up on operating tables despite a lack of complete consent (and in some cases despite a lack of any consent at all).
The documentary was released …

Posted on 2 Feb 2016

By Raya Bidshahri
The Francis Crick institute has been granted permission to genetically modify leftover embryos from IVF clinics. This is not the first time that researchers have been given approval to modify embryos. In April 2015, a group of Chinese scientists were granted approval to modify the gene responsible for  β-thalassaemia, a potentially fatal blood disorder.
The research could contribute volumes of game-changing knowledge to science. The focus of the experiments, which are …

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