Bioethics.net » News http://www.bioethics.net Where the World Finds Bioethics Mon, 04 May 2015 22:36:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Myriad Genetics Fights Off Threats From Rivals http://www.bioethics.net/news/myriad-genetics-fights-off-threats-from-rivals/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/myriad-genetics-fights-off-threats-from-rivals/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 22:36:38 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54971 Myriad Genetics Fights Off Threats From Rivals
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Myriad Genetics Inc. used a patent-protected monopoly to become one of the most successful and controversial DNA testing companies in the world. Now, nearly two years after the Supreme Court struck down its gene patents, Myriad is fighting to sustain its business model amid growing threats from rivals.

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How Private DNA Data Linked an Innocent Man to a 20-year-old Murder Case http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-private-dna-data-linked-an-innocent-man-to-a-20-year-old-murder-case/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/how-private-dna-data-linked-an-innocent-man-to-a-20-year-old-murder-case/#comments Fri, 01 May 2015 22:29:53 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54967 How Private DNA Data Linked an Innocent Man to a 20-year-old Murder Case
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The New Orleans Advocate recently published a shocking story that details the very real threats to privacy and civil liberties posed by law enforcement access to private genetic databases and familial DNA searching.

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Statement on NIH funding of research using gene-editing technologies in human embryos http://www.bioethics.net/news/statement-on-nih-funding-of-research-using-gene-editing-technologies-in-human-embryos/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/statement-on-nih-funding-of-research-using-gene-editing-technologies-in-human-embryos/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:34:38 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54970 Statement on NIH funding of research using gene-editing technologies in human embryos
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Genomic editing is an area of research seeking to modify genes of living organisms to improve our understanding of gene function and advance potential therapeutic applications to correct genetic abnormalities. Researchers in China have recently described their experiments in a nonviable human embryo to modify the gene responsible for a potentially fatal blood disorder using a gene-editing technology called CRISPR/Cas9.

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Withholding results from clinical trials is unethical, says WHO http://www.bioethics.net/news/withholding-results-from-clinical-trials-is-unethical-says-who/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/withholding-results-from-clinical-trials-is-unethical-says-who/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 22:31:17 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54968 Withholding results from clinical trials is unethical, says WHO
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The movement to ensure that clinical trial results don’t end up in drawers has found an important global ally. Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a call to make results from every clinical study publicly available within a year. Not doing so can harm patients and research subjects, waste time and money, and hold back medical science, WHO says.

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California governor orders aggressive greenhouse gas cuts by 2030 http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-governor-orders-aggressive-greenhouse-gas-cuts-by-2030/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-governor-orders-aggressive-greenhouse-gas-cuts-by-2030/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:03:30 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54910 California governor orders aggressive greenhouse gas cuts by 2030
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California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order on Wednesday to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030, a move he said was necessary to combat the growing threat of climate change.

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Medical marijuana farm blooms in conservative Chile http://www.bioethics.net/news/medical-marijuana-farm-blooms-in-conservative-chile/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/medical-marijuana-farm-blooms-in-conservative-chile/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:58:15 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54907 Medical marijuana farm blooms in conservative Chile
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Latin America’s first medical marijuana farm has taken root in a dusty yard at a secret location in Chile’s capital, with the blessing of a prominent right-wing official and high hopes the idea could sprout elsewhere in the socially conservative nation.

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Tension between gay, religious rights plays out at top U.S. court http://www.bioethics.net/news/tension-between-gay-religious-rights-plays-out-at-top-u-s-court/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/tension-between-gay-religious-rights-plays-out-at-top-u-s-court/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:05:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54911 Tension between gay, religious rights plays out at top U.S. court
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If the U.S. Constitution covers a right to same-sex marriage, conservative Supreme Court justices asked on Tuesday, would clergy be exempted from performing such marriages or religious colleges spared from offering housing to gay couples?

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Tyson Foods plans to cut human antibiotics in U.S. chicken flocks by 2017 http://www.bioethics.net/news/tyson-foods-plans-to-cut-human-antibiotics-in-u-s-chicken-flocks-by-2017/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/tyson-foods-plans-to-cut-human-antibiotics-in-u-s-chicken-flocks-by-2017/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:09:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54916 Tyson Foods plans to cut human antibiotics in U.S. chicken flocks by 2017
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Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by September 2017 – one of the most aggressive timelines yet set by an American poultry company.

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Genome study reveals lonely end for the world’s woolly mammoths http://www.bioethics.net/news/genome-study-reveals-lonely-end-for-the-worlds-woolly-mammoths/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/genome-study-reveals-lonely-end-for-the-worlds-woolly-mammoths/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:00:52 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54909 Genome study reveals lonely end for the world’s woolly mammoths
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The most complete genetic information assembled on woolly mammoths is providing insight into their demise, revealing they suffered two population crashes before a final, severely inbred group succumbed on an Arctic Ocean island.

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Decline in U.S. science spending threatens economy, security: MIT http://www.bioethics.net/news/decline-in-u-s-science-spending-threatens-economy-security-mit/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/decline-in-u-s-science-spending-threatens-economy-security-mit/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:59:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54908 Decline in U.S. science spending threatens economy, security: MIT
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Warning of an “innovation deficit,” scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say declining government spending on basic research is holding back potentially life-saving advances in 15 fields, from robotics and fusion energy to Alzheimer’s disease and agriculture.

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Children of depressed mothers at risk for behavior problems http://www.bioethics.net/news/children-of-depressed-mothers-at-risk-for-behavior-problems/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/children-of-depressed-mothers-at-risk-for-behavior-problems/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:13:09 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54859 Children of depressed mothers at risk for behavior problems
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While previous research has linked clinical depression in mothers to mood disorders and other health problems in their children, the current study is among the first to make this connection even when mothers have milder symptoms that might not be diagnosed or treated by clinicians.

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National Football League concussion settlement gets final approval http://www.bioethics.net/news/national-football-league-concussion-settlement-gets-final-approval/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/national-football-league-concussion-settlement-gets-final-approval/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:06:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54857 National Football League concussion settlement gets final approval
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A federal judge gave final approval on Wednesday to a settlement in a lawsuit brought by about 5,000 former National Football League players who accused the league of covering up the dangers of concussions.

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Finding LGBT-competent doctors may be difficult http://www.bioethics.net/news/finding-lgbt-competent-doctors-may-be-difficult/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/finding-lgbt-competent-doctors-may-be-difficult/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:14:26 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54860 Finding LGBT-competent doctors may be difficult
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Finding doctors at U.S. teaching hospitals who consider themselves competent to care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients may be difficult, suggests a new study.

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High morale linked to longer survival among elderly http://www.bioethics.net/news/high-morale-linked-to-longer-survival-among-elderly/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/high-morale-linked-to-longer-survival-among-elderly/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:07:01 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54858 High morale linked to longer survival among elderly
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Whether it is cause or effect is unclear, but high morale seems to go along with a longer life, according to a new Scandinavian study.

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The Ebola crisis: an ethical balancing act http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-ebola-crisis-an-ethical-balancing-act/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-ebola-crisis-an-ethical-balancing-act/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:57:30 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54856 The Ebola crisis: an ethical balancing act
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Should Ebola patients in West Africa be given unproven treatments? How should clinicians decide which patients to treat, given the limited availability of some drugs? Should Ebola patients who are dying be given palliative care to relieve pain and suffering?

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Death in Secret: California’s Underground World of Assisted Suicide http://www.bioethics.net/news/death-in-secret-californias-underground-world-of-assisted-suicide/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/death-in-secret-californias-underground-world-of-assisted-suicide/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:55:55 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54855 Death in Secret: California’s Underground World of Assisted Suicide
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Physician-assisted suicide is illegal in California. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. Sick patients sometimes ask for help in hastening their deaths, and some doctors will explain, vaguely, how to do it.

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New Genetic Tests for Breast Cancer Hold Promise http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-genetic-tests-for-breast-cancer-hold-promise/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-genetic-tests-for-breast-cancer-hold-promise/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:21:49 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54816 New Genetic Tests for Breast Cancer Hold Promise
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A Silicon Valley start-up with some big-name backers is threatening to upend genetic screening for breast and ovarian cancer by offering a test on a sample of saliva that is so inexpensive that most women could get it.

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BRCA gene datashare will help detect cancer risk http://www.bioethics.net/news/brca-gene-datashare-will-help-detect-cancer-risk/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/brca-gene-datashare-will-help-detect-cancer-risk/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:19:25 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54815 BRCA gene datashare will help detect cancer risk
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A first-of-its-kind genetic datashare program is being launched to zero in on patients with unclear BRCA test results — and save more women from the devastation of breast and ovarian cancer.

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Regulators may recommend testing food for glyphosate residues http://www.bioethics.net/news/regulators-may-recommend-testing-food-for-glyphosate-residues/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/regulators-may-recommend-testing-food-for-glyphosate-residues/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:32:23 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54818 Regulators may recommend testing food for glyphosate residues
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U.S. regulators may start testing food products for residues of the world’s most widely used herbicide, the Environmental Protection Agency told Reuters on Friday, as public concern rises over possible links to disease.

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Type, frequency of e-cigarette use linked to quitting smoking http://www.bioethics.net/news/type-frequency-of-e-cigarette-use-linked-to-quitting-smoking/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/type-frequency-of-e-cigarette-use-linked-to-quitting-smoking/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:28:05 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54817 Type, frequency of e-cigarette use linked to quitting smoking
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Two new studies looking at whether electronic cigarettes help smokers to quit their deadly habit have found that while some of them can, it depends on the type and how often it is used.

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ReNeuron stem cell therapy shows long-term promise for stroke http://www.bioethics.net/news/reneuron-stem-cell-therapy-shows-long-term-promise-for-stroke/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/reneuron-stem-cell-therapy-shows-long-term-promise-for-stroke/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:04:07 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54787 ReNeuron stem cell therapy shows long-term promise for stroke
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A pioneering stem cell treatment for patients disabled by stroke has continued to show long-term promise in a clinical trial, the British biotech company behind the project said on Friday.

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Georgia governor signs law legalizing medical marijuana http://www.bioethics.net/news/georgia-governor-signs-law-legalizing-medical-marijuana/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/georgia-governor-signs-law-legalizing-medical-marijuana/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:02:27 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54786 Georgia governor signs law legalizing medical marijuana
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People with seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis and other illnesses will be allowed to use a non-smoking form of medical marijuana in Georgia after the state’s Republican governor signed a measure legalizing the drug on Thursday.

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Congress approves formula fixing Medicare doctors pay http://www.bioethics.net/news/congress-approves-formula-fixing-medicare-doctors-pay/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/congress-approves-formula-fixing-medicare-doctors-pay/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:04:54 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54788 Congress approves formula fixing Medicare doctors pay
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Congress on Tuesday approved a bill to repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement just in time to head off a 21 percent cut in the doctors’ pay.

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Meet the cancer patient in Room 52: His name is Joseph, but call him Joe http://www.bioethics.net/news/meet-the-cancer-patient-in-room-52-his-name-is-joseph-but-call-him-joe/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/meet-the-cancer-patient-in-room-52-his-name-is-joseph-but-call-him-joe/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:59:09 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54785 Meet the cancer patient in Room 52: His name is Joseph, but call him Joe
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Lisa Mox and her husband, Joseph, who is now cancer-free after bouts of esophageal and colon cancer, are participating in a pilot program at Johns Hopkins Hospital to reduce “preventable harm” in the surgical intensive care unit. The program expands the definition of harm beyond medical complications to include loss of dignity and respect.

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U.S. study calls into question tests that sequence tumor genes http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-study-calls-into-question-tests-that-sequence-tumor-genes/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-study-calls-into-question-tests-that-sequence-tumor-genes/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:08:50 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54790 U.S. study calls into question tests that sequence tumor genes
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New cancer tests that sequence only a patient’s tumor and not normal tissue could result in a significant number of false positive results, potentially leading doctors to prescribe treatments that might not work, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

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Is the placebo effect in some people’s genes? http://www.bioethics.net/news/is-the-placebo-effect-in-some-peoples-genes/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/is-the-placebo-effect-in-some-peoples-genes/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:06:21 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54789 Is the placebo effect in some people’s genes?
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Some people may be genetically programmed to feel better after taking placebo pills, while others may only heal with real drugs, suggests a new review of existing research.

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Academics rate women job applicants higher than identical men: study http://www.bioethics.net/news/academics-rate-women-job-applicants-higher-than-identical-men-study/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/academics-rate-women-job-applicants-higher-than-identical-men-study/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:15:46 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54734 Academics rate women job applicants higher than identical men: study
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When hundreds of U.S. college faculty members rated junior scientists based on scholarly record, job interview performance and other information with an eye toward which should be hired, they preferred women over identically qualified men two-to-one, scientists reported on Monday.

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Health data breaches on the rise http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-data-breaches-on-the-rise/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/health-data-breaches-on-the-rise/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:14:12 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54733 Health data breaches on the rise
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Large-scale health data breaches reported by doctors and health plans have been rising steadily, a new report shows.

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‘Open Humans’ Network Launched to Share DNA and Other Data http://www.bioethics.net/news/open-humans-network-launched-to-share-dna-and-other-data/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/open-humans-network-launched-to-share-dna-and-other-data/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:11:47 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54732 ‘Open Humans’ Network Launched to Share DNA and Other Data
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People eager to share personal information beyond what’s on their Facebook profile have another outlet: an online platform launching on Tuesday will let them give scientists information about their genomes, gut bacteria and other biological data.

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Where does my personality fit in? http://www.bioethics.net/news/where-does-my-personality-fit-in/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/where-does-my-personality-fit-in/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:09:37 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54731 Where does my personality fit in?
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New research maps the personality of 380 places in Great Britain. Where do you fit in?

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U.S. meat industry buying more human antibiotics: FDA http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-meat-industry-buying-more-human-antibiotics-fda/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/u-s-meat-industry-buying-more-human-antibiotics-fda/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:34:09 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54693 U.S. meat industry buying more human antibiotics: FDA
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Sales of medically important antibiotics in the United States for use in livestock jumped by 20 percent between 2009 and 2013, federal regulators reported on Friday, data that is sure to feed the national debate about the growth of drug-resistant bacteria.

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Fears over Roundup herbicide residues prompt private testing http://www.bioethics.net/news/fears-over-roundup-herbicide-residues-prompt-private-testing/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/fears-over-roundup-herbicide-residues-prompt-private-testing/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:32:12 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54692 Fears over Roundup herbicide residues prompt private testing
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U.S. consumer groups, scientists and food companies are testing substances ranging from breakfast cereal to breast milk for residues of the world’s most widely used herbicide on rising concerns over its possible links to disease.

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When surgeons say ‘we can fix it,’ patients may misunderstand risks http://www.bioethics.net/news/when-surgeons-say-we-can-fix-it-patients-may-misunderstand-risks/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/when-surgeons-say-we-can-fix-it-patients-may-misunderstand-risks/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:36:56 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54695 When surgeons say ‘we can fix it,’ patients may misunderstand risks
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When surgeons prepare patients for an operation by describing how it can fix a problem, patients may agree to procedures without fully understanding the risks, a small study suggests.

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California bill banning child vaccine exemptions moves ahead http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-bill-banning-child-vaccine-exemptions-moves-ahead/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-bill-banning-child-vaccine-exemptions-moves-ahead/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:34:15 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54694 California bill banning child vaccine exemptions moves ahead
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California lawmakers on Wednesday pushed forward a bill that would ban parents from citing their personal beliefs as a reason to let their school-going children remain unvaccinated.

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South Carolina Shooting Increases Calls for Police Body Cameras http://www.bioethics.net/news/south-carolina-shooting-increases-calls-for-police-body-cameras/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/south-carolina-shooting-increases-calls-for-police-body-cameras/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:27:16 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54637 South Carolina Shooting Increases Calls for Police Body Cameras
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A bystander’s video showing a white South Carolina police officer shooting a fleeing black man to death has added momentum to calls to require all police officers to wear body cameras.

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Higher purpose in life tied to better brain health http://www.bioethics.net/news/higher-purpose-in-life-tied-to-better-brain-health/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/higher-purpose-in-life-tied-to-better-brain-health/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:08:07 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54632 Higher purpose in life tied to better brain health
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People with a high sense of purpose in life have a lower risk of stroke, according to new research.

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For ex-Marine Roman Baca, ballet promotes healing http://www.bioethics.net/news/for-ex-marine-roman-baca-ballet-promotes-healing/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/for-ex-marine-roman-baca-ballet-promotes-healing/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 17:13:53 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54636 For ex-Marine Roman Baca, ballet promotes healing
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The years Roman Baca spent perfecting his pliés and arabesques wasn’t exactly a topic of conversation while he was serving as a Marine machine-gunner and fire-team leader in Fallujah, Iraq, as part of Operation Phantom Fury.

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My three daughters are autistic. I despise Autism Awareness Month. http://www.bioethics.net/news/my-three-daughters-are-autistic-i-despise-autism-awareness-month/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/my-three-daughters-are-autistic-i-despise-autism-awareness-month/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 17:12:29 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54635 My three daughters are autistic. I despise Autism Awareness Month.
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The campaign implies autism is a party, rather than a crisis. For families living with autism, reality is far more sober, and their needs extend far beyond “awareness.”

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DNA of ‘an entire nation’ assessed http://www.bioethics.net/news/dna-of-an-entire-nation-assessed/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/dna-of-an-entire-nation-assessed/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 17:10:55 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54634 DNA of ‘an entire nation’ assessed
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The reports, published in the journal Nature Genetics, used the data to make a suite of discoveries including the age of the last common ancestor of men.

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Ancestry.com uses spit to find your long-lost relatives http://www.bioethics.net/news/ancestry-com-uses-spit-to-find-your-long-lost-relatives/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/ancestry-com-uses-spit-to-find-your-long-lost-relatives/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 17:05:09 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54631 Ancestry.com uses spit to find your long-lost relatives
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Would you spit in a tube and spend $99 to find out you were related to a famous 18th-century revolutionary or a notorious 19th-century bank robber?

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Stanford faculty lend voices to call for “genome editing” guidelines http://www.bioethics.net/news/stanford-faculty-lend-voices-to-call-for-genome-editing-guidelines/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/stanford-faculty-lend-voices-to-call-for-genome-editing-guidelines/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 17:08:50 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54633 Stanford faculty lend voices to call for “genome editing” guidelines
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Stanford law professor Hank Greely, JD, and biochemist Paul Berg, PhD, are two of 20 scientists who have signed a letter in today’s issue of Science Express discussing the need to develop guidelines to regulate genome editing tools like the recently discovered Crispr/Cas9.

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New gene-altering technique worries scientists http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-gene-altering-technique-worries-scientists/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/new-gene-altering-technique-worries-scientists/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 17:03:24 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54630 New gene-altering technique worries scientists
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A revolutionary technique developed at UC Berkeley to alter the DNA in human cells could pose such unknown risks if it is misused that a group of eminent biologists is calling for an international slow-down in its application.

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DNA Blood Test Accurately Identifies Down Syndrome in Fetus http://www.bioethics.net/news/dna-blood-test-accurately-identifies-down-syndrome-in-fetus/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/dna-blood-test-accurately-identifies-down-syndrome-in-fetus/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 20:30:27 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54568 DNA Blood Test Accurately Identifies Down Syndrome in Fetus
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A DNA-based blood test may be more effective in detecting possible Down syndrome in unborn children compared to other screening methods, according to findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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On World Autism Awareness Day, Thoughts On Parenting A Son With Autism http://www.bioethics.net/news/on-world-autism-awareness-day-thoughts-on-parenting-a-son-with-autism/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/on-world-autism-awareness-day-thoughts-on-parenting-a-son-with-autism/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 20:28:57 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54567 On World Autism Awareness Day, Thoughts On Parenting A Son With Autism
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Difference is inevitable in nature and in life. Difference is not just inevitable — it’s also good. It makes our ecosystems evolve, it makes our societies grow and change and it makes us, as individuals, adapt and become stronger.

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A year later, no reefer madness in Colorado http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-year-later-no-reefer-madness-in-colorado/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/a-year-later-no-reefer-madness-in-colorado/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:31:07 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54555 A year later, no reefer madness in Colorado
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More than a year after Colorado legalized marijuana sales, there’s a pot shop just a few steps away from the Prada, Ralph Lauren, Sotheby’s and Burberry stores in this toniest of tony ski towns.

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Frankie Grande: Smoking ‘Ain’t Cute,’ Guys http://www.bioethics.net/news/frankie-grande-smoking-aint-cute-guys/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/frankie-grande-smoking-aint-cute-guys/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:26:13 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54554 Frankie Grande: Smoking ‘Ain’t Cute,’ Guys
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When I was a little boy my father, Dr. Victor Marchione — a pulmonologist — took me into the hospital and showed me a black lung. He wrung out the lung out in front of me and I watched the black tar that killed its previous owner spill into a tray right in front of my face.

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Black market trade in organs targeted in anti-trafficking treaty http://www.bioethics.net/news/black-market-trade-in-organs-targeted-in-anti-trafficking-treaty/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/black-market-trade-in-organs-targeted-in-anti-trafficking-treaty/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:20:15 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54536 Black market trade in organs targeted in anti-trafficking treaty
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More than a dozen countries have agreed to enforce laws to fight trafficking in human organs, a business that exploits the world’s poorest people and earns criminals up to $1.2 billion in illegal profits every year.

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FDA to evaluate homeopathy regulatory framework http://www.bioethics.net/news/fda-to-evaluate-homeopathy-regulatory-framework/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/fda-to-evaluate-homeopathy-regulatory-framework/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:19:13 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54535 FDA to evaluate homeopathy regulatory framework
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it would hold a public hearing seeking information and comment on the use of products labeled ‘homeopathic’, as well as the agency’s regulatory framework for such products.

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California getting ‘second-hand smog’ from Asia, researchers say http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-getting-second-hand-smog-from-asia-researchers-say/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/california-getting-second-hand-smog-from-asia-researchers-say/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:05:15 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54532 California getting ‘second-hand smog’ from Asia, researchers say
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California is suffering from “second-hand smog” drifting in from Asia and other places, researchers said on Tuesday, even as the state’s prolonged drought has made air quality worse.

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The White House Plan To Combat Antibiotic Resistance http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-white-house-plan-to-combat-antibiotic-resistance/ http://www.bioethics.net/news/the-white-house-plan-to-combat-antibiotic-resistance/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:03:11 +0000 http://www.bioethics.net/?post_type=news&p=54531 The White House Plan To Combat Antibiotic Resistance
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There has been much press lately about President Obama’s plan to address the growing crisis of antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens. And I agree with many that there is much to like in the plan.

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