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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 2 Sep 2014

By Kaitlyn Schaeffer
A recent article in The New York Times has alerted the public to the enormous gap between supply and demand for organs worldwide. Reporter Kevin Sack revealed that not only are thousands of people participating in the global organ black market, they are also paying exorbitant sums to get their hands on much-need organs for loved ones.
Absent any national policy that might increase post-mortem organ donation or a …

Posted on 27 Aug 2014

By Asha Persad
In a pilot study conducted at Imperial College London, five patients underwent an experimental treatment for stroke that utilized the participants’ own stem cells. To create the therapy, researchers extracted CD34+ cells, the set of stem cells in bone marrow that create blood cells and blood vessel lining cells, and injected them into an artery that feeds into the brain. Instead of morphing into brain cells themselves, CD34+ …

Posted on 27 Aug 2014

By Asha Persad
In many countries around the world, religious principles sometimes clash with scientific advancement. Spiritual concerns often keep people from donating organs, and sometimes from receiving them.
This is not the case in India, however, contrary to what many believe. An article that outlines what different religions have to say about organ donation notes that various Hindu texts recognize the donation of organs as a good thing. Spiritual teacher Ravi …

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