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February 5, 2016

UK approves gene editing

This week, UK regulators gave approval to a group of scientists in London to genetically modify human embryos. Dr. Kathy Niakan, the researcher who will be performing the experiments, said, “We would really like to understand the genes needed for a human embryo to develop successfully into a healthy baby. The reason why it is so important is because miscarriages and infertility are extremely common,... // Read More »
February 4, 2016

The next round of conversations about gene editing

This blog has carried several posts about the ethical issues surrounding gene editing in humans.  The next round of public discussions is scheduled for next week, Feb. 11-12. The National Academies of Science and Medicine have been holding meetings to address the state of the science and the attendant ethical issues.  In December, a first meeting was held in Washington, DC.  That meeting produced a... // Read More »
February 1, 2016

Bioethics and A Recent Trip to Cuba

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Havana, Cuba and speak with people interested in the topic of bioethics. Los Pinos Nuevos, a Protestant denomination with over 400 churches throughout the country, invited my wife and me to participate in discussions on bioethics over three days with up to twenty people involved in the educational activities of the denomination. I have been... // Read More »
January 27, 2016

The History of Bioethics Series – National Bioethics Commissions

This is the first post in our “History of Bioethics” series in which we will examine some of the seminal events that shaped the landscape of bioethics and its practice in the world today. This first blog will focus on the creation of the national bioethics advisory bodies in the United States and their different […]
January 23, 2016

Uterine Transplantation Redux: Another Boundary Issue in Medicine

Speaking of boundaries…which I spoke about in my last blog… It was one and half years ago, in September of 2014 that the first baby was born following a successful uterine transplantation in Sweden. While the baby was apparently healthy, Dr. Mats Brannstrom, the pioneering physician in Sweden said, “The principal concern for me is if the baby will get enough nourishment from the placenta... // Read More »
January 21, 2016

Can there be a “Right to Die?”

I generally give 5 reasons for opposing physician-assisted suicide (PAS), which is commonly recommended by its advocates by invoking the notion of a “right to die”:  it destroys the soul of medicine as the profession dedicated to healing; it deflects attention from palliative care; it rests on a very slippery slope; a right to die implies a reciprocal duty to kill; and the notion of... // Read More »
January 15, 2016

The End of Meaningful Use: A Meaningful Opportunity

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said Monday that 2016 would likely see the end of the meaningful use program. Meaningful use is a carrot-and-stick government program designed to get medical providers to use electronic health records (EHRs) and to set standards for using them. The carrot: medical providers who show compliance with meaningful use regulations get incentive payments... // Read More »
January 13, 2016

The randomness of suffering and the love of God

Those who read my post at Christmas know that I have been thinking about suffering. Gilbert Meilaender in his book, Bioethics: A Primer for Christians, makes the point that Christians have available an understanding of suffering that is different than that of much of our society and that difference causes us to see a number of bioethical issues differently. When those of us who care... // Read More »
January 8, 2016

OB Potpourri

This month’s issue of the medical journal Obstetrics & Gynecology (O&G) has a review of the four best ethics articles that appeared in their journal in the last year. Here are my comments (in italics) on their review (in quotes). Article title: “Clinical, Ethical, and Legal Considerations in Pregnant Women With Opioid Abuse.” O&G‘s bottom line: “Opioid abuse is a chronic medical illness, not a... // Read More »
January 7, 2016

A Book for Anyone Interested in Bioethics

Being Human: Core Readings in the Humanities, edited by Leon Kass, is one book worth a spot on the shelf of anyone interested in bioethics or concerns about human dignity.  A series of excerpts from things that we read—or should have read—in high school or college, it was selected by the members of President George W. Bush’s President’s Council on Bioethics in 2003.  The readings... // Read More »

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American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 1 - Jan 2013

100th Issue Anniversary Editorial David Magnus