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The Future of Bioethics: Organ Transplantation, Genetic Testing, and Euthanasia

By Ana Lita When you think of bioethics, some of the first hot-button topics you may consider are organ transplantation, fertility and genetic engineering, and end-of-life-care. The Global Bioethics Initiative serves as a platform to address many bioethical questions and engages in public debates to develop resolutions to present and emerging issues. Dr. Ana Lita, founder of the [...]

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

“Global Bioethics: An Introduction”- A Reflection on the Globalisation of Bioethics

By: Robyn Perry-Thomas Reaching a consensus on a comprehensive definition of global bioethics and its importance is surprisingly difficult. Yet, Professor Henk Ten Have has taken on this challenge, and much more, with ease, in his 2016 book- ‘Global Bioethics: An Introduction’1. In his book, Have approaches global bioethics in a stepwise manner. Medical ethics [...]

By | February 15th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Using CRISPR for Human Gene Editing – NOT for Designing Babies

By: Ashwini Nagappan Recently, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine published a report on the use of CRISPR technology for gene editing. The need for such a report stems from the controversy of using CRISPR to prevent congenital diseases versus to allow for cosmetic enhancements. Additionally, there is a fear [...]

By | February 15th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court: His Bioethical Perspectives

By: Ashwini Nagappan Neil Gorsuch was announced as President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court on 31st January 2017, leading many to examine his stance on prevailing controversial issues, such as end-of-life care and abortion. Answers may be found in his 2006 book, ‘The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia’, which showcases his opinion against [...]

By | February 8th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

The Formation of the Global Bioethics Initiative Featured in IMPAKTER

In this series of global leaders, we will highlight an international non-profit healthcare organization that provides a bridge between patient care and the complexities of medicine. This area of healthcare is often referred to as Bioethics and in 2011, Dr. Ana Lita and Dr. Charles Debrovner co-founded Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI). This organization offers an [...]

By | February 8th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Morals and Mandates: Who Is Responsible For The Healthcare Needs of Undocumented Immigrants?

By: Robyn Perry-Thomas On January 28th, the day after President Trump’s executive immigration order was announced, airports brimmed with voices of discontent, disbelief and dismay of its consequences. Since then, a diverse array of stakeholders including teachers, lawyers, policy makers and medics have spoken out both in opposition and favour of what has been coined [...]

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

Bringing Back the Dead via Chatbot: Some Concerns

By: Ashwini Nagappan If given the opportunity to talk to a deceased loved one, would you take it? Technology has advanced from Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri to personalized “chatbots,” a digital reflection of one’s self. Hossein Rahnama, a visiting scholar at MIT’s Media Lab, remarked that an individual needs about 1 trillion gigabytes of [...]

By | February 1st, 2017|News-Articles|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