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Vive La Bioethique? France’s Bioethics Initiative​

by Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D., Global Bioethics Initiative, Advisory Board Member David and Lyn Silfen University Professor , University of Pennsylvania Little noticed in the United States but a big deal in France, President Emmanuel Macron announced in January that he is creating a bioethics commission to review the country’s policies on a wide range of subjects, [...]

By | February 5th, 2018|News-Articles|0 Comments

For the Living, a Donated Face. For the Dead, a Lifelike Replacement.

NYU surgeons hope a 3-D printed reproduction will encourage people to donate the faces of dying family members for use as transplants. By ANDY NEWMAN and MARC SANTORA JAN. 5, 2018 Most medical advances benefit the living. This one is for the dead. Sometime in the coming weeks or months, a brain-dead person, probably a man, will be wheeled [...]

By | January 9th, 2018|News-Articles|0 Comments

First Human Head Transplant Draws Closer As Surgical Team Announces Successful Test In Human Cadaver

Michael S. Dauber, MA, GBI Visiting Scholar   On November 17th, Sergio Canavero announced what he claims to be the first successful test of head transplantation in a human cadaver. Canavero gained international attention in 2015 when he announced plans to perform the first head transplantation surgery on a human patient by the close of [...]

By | November 21st, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Organ Transplants, Geography, and Wealth

By Michael S. Dauber, GBI Visiting Scholar A recent article in New Republic highlights one of the hallmark areas of ethical controversy in bioethics: designing the fairest possible system for organ transplantation. The article, written by Jordan Michael Smith, examines the cases of several patients in need of organ transplants, and discusses the roles geography [...]

By | November 14th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Stem Cells, Regulation, and The Unknown: How Do We Know What To Trust?

by Michael S. Dauber, MA, GBI Visiting Scholar Stem cell research holds significant promise in finding cures for diseases that have traditionally devastated the human body. Earlier this year, Global Bioethics Initiative reviewed Robin L Smith, M.D., and Max Gomez, Ph.D.’s new book Cells Are The New Cure: The Cutting-Edge Breakthroughs That Are Transforming Our [...]

By | October 17th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Costa Rican Organ Trafficking and Ethical Policy: Ethics And The Expansion Of The Black Market

By Michael S. Dauber, M.A., GBI Visiting Scholar One of the most controversial contemporary bioethical issues is organ trafficking: should individuals be allowed to buy and sell organs for therapeutic purposes? In policy terms, the answer is currently “no”: people are not allowed to buy and sell organs for a variety of reasons. However, as [...]

By | October 10th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Recap: UN World Premiere of the Film “Trafficked”

By Jason Choi, B.A., Intern Thursday, October 5, 2017 — Global Bioethics Initiative attended the UN premiere of the new film, Trafficked, at the invitation of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, New York Office. Written by Siddharth Kara—a fellow at Harvard's Carr Center for Human Rights and the world's leading expert on human trafficking and [...]

By | October 6th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Call for Abstracts: Age & Longevity in the 21st Century: Science, Policy & Ethics

The three day conference, “Age and Longevity in the 21st Century: Science, Policy, and Ethics”, sponsored by Global Bioethics Initiative, offers a unique opportunity to call attention to the impact of new technologies on the global profile of aging and longevity. By facilitating expert discussion in a unique setting regarding broad-based perspectives on these topics, the conference [...]

By | October 4th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

World Health Organization to Study Healthy Aging

The World Health Organization (WHO) (an organization that operates as part of the United Nations), has announced plans to study important issues in health and aging. Under The Global Online Consultation on Research Priority Setting for Healthy Aging, the WHO will accumulate data to measure what issues and factors must be considered when formulating policy, as [...]

By | September 28th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Physician-Assisted Suicide: Moral Rights, Constitutional Law and Self-Determination

By Michael S. Dauber, MA, GBI Visting Scholar The New York Court of Appeals recently rejected the argument that the state constitution violated an individual’s autonomous rights of self-determination in blocking physician-assisted suicide. The suit had alleged that a law making it a criminal offense to assist an individual in committing suicide would not apply [...]

By | September 24th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments