Blog Posts (19)
May 15, 2013
My wife and I spent May 10-11 at the annual conference of Biola’s Center for Christian Thought (CCT), where the theme for 2012-2013 has been “Neuroscience and the Soul.” The plenary talks are not all on the web, yet, although some are on Facebo...
May 8, 2013
[The Sydney Morning Herald]
The parents of a severely disabled boy have lost a $10 million case against an IVF specialist who failed to properly warn them of the likelihood their son would inherit a blood-clotting condition, but are considering appeali...
May 3, 2013
On April 19th, the Office of Fair Trading, a UK consumer-watchdog agency, accused GlaxoSmithKline of delaying competition with its antidepressant drug paroxetine (Brand name Paxil in the US, Seroxat in the UK) by paying generic manufacturers to delay m...
April 25, 2013
[Guardian] Scientists researching diseases such as cancer are impeded by having to pay companies who own specific gene patents. You carry a set of instructions in every cell, encrypted in DNA. Your genome, 3 billion letters of genetic code, is not on...
April 16, 2013
[BBC News] The case relates to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union in 2009, and centres on whether companies should be able to patent genes.
US authorities have been awarding patents on genes to universities and medical companies for ...
April 12, 2013
In the latter half of the last century, medical technology made huge leaps in the ability to sustain biological function. Suddenly we could replace lost kidney function and keep lungs breathing and hearts pumping for people who, but a short time before...
April 1, 2013
I ended my last post by identifying what I take to be an important methodological issue with Allen Buchanan’s pro-enhancement argument in his recent (2011) book entitled Better than Human: The Promise and Perils of Enhancing Ourselves. I want pick up...
March 28, 2013
[Scientific American] It started in the ‘70s. A pregnant woman with diabetes faced a deeply entrenched medical routine: months in hospital having her blood glucose closely monitored. She managed to stay out by convincing her doctor, Clara Lowy, to le...
March 27, 2013
The news this past week carried three reports related to developments in stem cell research. Briefly, starting with the farfetched and ending with the “nearfetched”:
First, the Wall Street Journal reported on efforts to “grow” human organs in...
March 26, 2013
Recent posts have called for reflection on the “ends” of medicine. Though not directly addressed to the specific questions raised in those posts, this series will touch on related themes and so will be relevant to that larger discussion. With that ...
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Provides a portal of genetic news on various topics.
Genetic Interest Group is an alliance of organizations in the U.K. that supports people affected by genetic disorders
Howard Hughes Medical Institute's ?Blazing a Genetic Trail?
Answers some questions about pharmacogenomics.
Cytogenetics Gallery is a collection of pictures of chromosomes and chromosome abnormalities
International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations (IFPMA) represents the worldwide research-based pharmaceutical industry and manufacturers of prescription medicines generally. This site gives more information about the background and mission of the IFPMA.
?From Test Tube To Patient: Improving Health Through Human Drugs? is a special report provided by the Food and Drug Administration that explains the role of clinical trials in the drug development process.
Access Excellence About Biotech provides a site on the ethics of biotechnology with links to articles on social practices and policies.
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November 13, 2012 5:29 pm
Bioengineers at Harvard have developed a gel-based sponge that can be molded to any shape, loaded with drugs or stem cells, compressed to a fraction of its size, and delivered via injection. Once inside the body, it pops back to its original shape and gradually releases its cargo, before safely degrading.
July 3, 2012 5:13 pm
In his discussions with the hospital bioethics committee, Mr. Harbisson argued that this surgical technique could be used on other people. He said in particular that more sophisticated versions of the sensor could be used for reading, perhaps reducing the need for Braille.