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Canadian Law that Excepts Religious Hospitals from Offering Assisted Deaths Disputed by Dying with Dignity

The Canadian not-for-profit Dying with Dignity is considering challenging provincial Ontario legislation that permits religiously affiliated hospitals to refrain from offering medically assisted death. Under current Ontario law, hospitals, hospices and long-term care centers that wish not to facilitate assisted death may refrain from doing so, and are instead obligated to transfer the patient to an alternative willing [...]

By | August 23rd, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Artificial Womb Maintains Lamb Preemie Lives, Signals Hope for Human Preemie Care

Using an artificial womb, a team of researchers affiliated with the University of Western Australia have effectively incubated premature lambs for seven days, signaling potential future advancements for human preemie care options. The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published a paper this past week detailing the ex-vivo uterine environment (EVE) therapy technique devised by the researchers, which involves [...]

By | August 16th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Chimpanzees First Animal to Display Markers of Alzheimer’s

Researchers at Kent State University have found that aged chimpanzees develop brain characteristics that resemble those found in brains of humans with early Alzheimer's disease. Nature has suggested that the "findings from humanity's closest relatives could help researchers to understand why people develop dementia, as well as suggest that caretakers of aging, captive chimpanzees watch them closely for behavioural [...]

By | August 13th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

CRISPR, Pigs, Organs, Ethics: Some Key Considerations

Michael S. Dauber, M.A., GBI Visiting Scholar Luhan Yang and members of her research team at eGenesis have taken a crucial step in growing organs in animals that may be used to provide organs for therapeutic transplants in humans, according to a study published in Science Magazine on Thursday, August 10th. Researchers involved in the study used CRISPR, a genetic editing technique, [...]

By | August 13th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Few Americans Plan For End-of-Life Decisions, Even If They Are Sick

Michael S. Dauber, MA, GBI Visiting Scholar Many moral dilemmas faced by clinicians, patients, and their families arise when individuals have not made plans for the end of their lives or discussed their wishes with their loved ones. To prevent and mitigate these issues, ethicists have suggested for decades that individuals should complete documents such [...]

By | August 7th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

American CRISPR Experiments and the Future of Regulation

By Michael S. Dauber, MA, GBI Visiting Scholar According to a report in The MIT Technology Review, researchers in a lab based in Portland, Oregon have successfully created genetically modified human embryos for the first time in U.S. history, using a technique called CRISPR. The project, directed by Shoukhrat Mitalipov, a researcher at Oregon Health [...]

By | August 7th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Autopsy Study Detects Neurodegenerative Disease Features in 99% of NFL Player Brains

A study of 202 deceased football players' brains has found that 87% of participants demonstrated features of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease linked to repeated head trauma. 99% of the National Football League (NFL) players in the study demonstrated the same CTE features. The brains studied were donated for research following the football players' development [...]

By | August 1st, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments

Wisconsin Company to Implant Microchips in Consenting Employees

A company in Wisconsin is offering employees the option of being implanted with microchips that will allow them to simply swipe their hands to carry out tasks such as opening company doors, making break room purchases, and logging onto computers. Though such technology is already employed in Europe, its debut at Three Square Market (32M) marks the technology's debut [...]

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

Tennessee Inmates Consenting to Vasectomies or Birth Control Implants Offered Reduced Time

If Tennessee inmates consent to receiving a free vasectomy or birth control implant, Judge Sam Benningfield has ruled that they can have their jail time reduced by up to thirty days. Critics are claiming that the initiative violates inmates' constitutional rights, amongst them the American Civil Liberties Union and numerous district attorneys. Advocates are claiming that the [...]

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

Disability Rights Advocates Sue Uber for Wheelchair Inaccessible Cars

Nonprofit organization Disability Rights Advocates has filed a class-action lawsuit against Uber, claiming that the ride service discriminates against riders with disabilities in New York City. Filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Tuesday, July 18th, the suit is founded on the accusation that Uber does not supply enough available wheelchair-accessible cars [...]

By | July 20th, 2017|News-Articles|0 Comments