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January 2017 Newsletter

By | February 1st, 2017|News-Letters|0 Comments

Turning to the Kidney Black Market as a Last Resort

By: Ashwini Nagappan Many living-donor organ transplants involve kidneys because humans can survive with just one. Currently, many people around the world eagerly wait for a viable kidney. Unfortunately for some, the passive wait ends in death rather than a new organ. For those whose names are too far down on the organ transplant list, [...]

By | January 30th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Human-Pig Chimeras: The Potential and Concerns Of Hybrid Human-Animal Organs

One of the great advances in modern medicine has been the success of organ transplantation. Whilst complications still arise from its use, the refinement of drugs designed to reduce organ rejection alongside other improvements, mean that the procedure is often lifesaving. As is frequently the case however, there is a caveat to this “wonder-cure”, namely, [...]

By | January 30th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Stem Cell Therapy Has a Lot to Offer…It Just May Take Some Time to Get There

By: Ashwini Nagappan In conversation with the New York Times, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, the director of Kyoto University’s Center for iPS Cell Research and Application and researcher at the Gladstone Institutes, illuminates the complexities and future of stem-cell research. Yamanaka was jointly awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for reconfiguring adult cells [...]

By | January 25th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Organ Donation in France: the Opt-Out System

Legislation has recently come into effect in France that now presumes consent to organ donation. France’s previous policy required doctors to consult relatives in cases where deceased individuals had no clear directives regarding organ donation, and relatives refused in almost one third of the cases. The new policy means that all citizens will be organ [...]

By | January 5th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Organs for the rich and cute: Should patients campaign for their own donors?

By Ada Roberts This week the Canadian Society of Transplantation released a report officially sanctioning the practice of publicly campaigning for organ donors, a practice that made headlines last year when two Canadian parents were desperately searching for functional kidneys for their recently adopted twins. The practice, says the report, is “ethically and legally acceptable” [...]

By | October 28th, 2016|News-Articles|0 Comments

October 2016 Newsletter

Applications for Ongoing Internship Program are Now Open! International students and volunteers are welcome to apply Global Bioethics Initiative accepts applications for unpaid internships for students interested in bioethics. These internships provide students with the opportunity to learn about pertinent issues in global health and bioethics and gain skills in research, project management, and organizing [...]

By | October 22nd, 2016|News-Letters|0 Comments

September 2016 Newsletter

Bioethics in the News! One Step Closer to Tailored-Made Humans The researcher and biologist Fredrik Lanner, from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, started to edit the DNA of healthy human embryos. This is the first reported action taken in gene editing on developing human embryos in the world; it’s another step onward to ultimately tailor-make a human being. Click [...]

By | October 22nd, 2016|News-Letters|0 Comments

The Resurrection Project, New Scientist Cover Story

The Resurrection Project We can't stop death, but we can try to reverse it by Helen Thomson "We already have small biobanks for storing bones from human donors, as well as tendons, ligaments and stem cells. But with rapid advances in regenerative medicine, there is a growing need for large-scale facilities in which we can [...]

By | October 15th, 2016|News-Articles|0 Comments

Participant Testimonials Manhattan Summer School Program, July 11 – 22, 2016

In just the first week of the course, I’ve been exposed to world-class thought leaders speaking on critically emerging ethical issues of global impact in ways that transform hypothetical case studies to real-world dilemmas. Nowhere else could I have had the opportunity to engage in provocative dialogue with the Board President of Doctors Without [...]

By | October 9th, 2016|News-Articles|0 Comments