October 19, 2012 6:51 pm
StemCells Inc. has had rather a charmed relationship with California’s publicly funded stem cell program, with some $40 million in awards approved this year. Co-founded by an eminent Stanford research scientist, the firm ranks first among all corporate recipients of approved funding from CIRM, despite only collecting about $1 million a year from licensing patents and selling cell cultures.
September 25, 2012 8:28 pm
September is sickle cell disease awareness month, and faculty members of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics are taking an active role in increasing understanding of this debilitating disease and the ethical dimensions of its treatment and impact.
June 28, 2012 8:13 pm
A new documentary exploring the ethical implications of sperm donation is creating a buzz among religious audiences. “Anonymous Father’s Day” delves into bioethics from the perspective of donor-conceived children who grow up not knowing their biological fathers. The film gives fodder to opponents of assisted reproductive technology, who argue the fertility “industry” has led to psychologically scarred children and the “commodification” of human life.
May 17, 2012 10:08 am
It wasn’t that long ago that the term “bioethics” wasn’t well known. But more than any other American scientist, Dr. Arthur Caplan has been credited for bringing this somewhat abstract intersection of philosophy and medicine into to the public discourse. After founding the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Bioethics, Caplan is now taking his expertise to New York University.
May 10, 2012 11:45 am
Members of the Vatican’s bioethics advisory panel have called for its board to resign after scientists who don’t support core church teaching on issues like birth control and infertility were featured at its annual conference. The members said the Pontifical Academy of Life’s Feb. 24 conference on diagnosing and treating infertility was a “Planned Parenthood-like meeting” that caused great scandal.
April 9, 2012 1:10 pm
The new executive director of President Obama’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues began work Monday. Lisa Lee, a 14-year employee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, takes over from National Institutes of Health lawyer Valerie Bonham.
April 2, 2012 9:21 am
Not all humanities scholars who take an interest in science and medicine grasp the different intellectual worlds those fields occupy. You’ve got a problem, says Arthur L. Caplan, if doctors, nurses, and research scientists look at you over a lab bench or emergency-room trolley and their eyes ask, “Do you really know what’s going on here?”