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by Robert Klitzman, MD

This editorial can be found in the latest issue of American Journal of Bioethics. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15265161.2021.1913894

On September 5, 2020, the International Commission on the Clinical Use of Human Germline Genome Editing, established by the U.S. National Academy of Medicine (NAM), the National Academy of Science, and the British Royal Society, with members from 10 countries, issued its Report, recommending caution in future uses of heritable human genome editing (HHGE) (National Academy of Medicine, the National Academies of Sciences and the Royal Society 2020). The report carefully considered a range of key issues, and marks a significant and impressive achievement, but also raises and highlights several additional crucial ethical challenges that various stakeholders will likely confront and that also need attention.…

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This post will appear as an editorial in a future issue of the American Journal of Bioethics

by Robert Klitzman, MD

While attention has focused in many states and countries on the initial acute phase of COVID-19 pandemic and on lowering rates of infection and deaths, evidence suggests that among many survivors, the virus is causing ongoing symptoms that need to be more fully anticipated and addressed. Governments, healthcare institutions, providers, patients, family members, the media and the public need to recognize and plan to meet these patients’ ongoing needs.


Data collection and reporting have concentrated on the numbers of individuals tested, infected, hospitalized, admitted to intensive care units (ICUs), deceased and recovered – on the quantity, but not the quality of survival.…

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