Organisms created with synthetic DNA; Organ trafficking in Pakistan; Canadian rate of physician-assisted suicide on the rise; Research and ethical implications of organoid technology and more…
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How do we live faithfully in an increasingly advanced medical and technological age?

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Academy of Fellows 2017: Bioethics & Being Human
BIOETHICS & BEING HUMAN EVENT
Join The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity for a free, informative bioethics event on Friday, February 3, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30pm in Hinkson Hall of the Rodine Building on the campus of Trinity International University. Dr. Dan Treier, Professor of Theology at Wheaton College will present “The Limits of Being Human: An Evangelical Account of Our Finitude.” And, Dr. Dennis Hollinger, Professor of Christian Ethics and President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary will present “Biotechnologies and Human Nature: What We Should Not Change in Who We Are.” Coffee will be provided. 
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SERIES ON BIOETHICAL ISSUES FROM A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE
Trinity Graduate School
February 21 & March 21, 2017
Deerfield, IL
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CONFERENCE ON MEDICINE & RELIGION
Re-Enchanting Medicine
JW Marriott Galleria
March 24 – 26, 2017
Houston, TX
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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS
Pakistani Police Rescue 24 from Organ Trafficking Gang
(BBC) — “We will remove your kidney, and you will receive 300,000 rupees [£2,300].” Sadi Ahmed was held hostage for three months by an organ trafficking gang. In October last year, he was one of 24 people rescued by police in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. They had been imprisoned in a building in an affluent suburb, awaiting the forced removal of their kidneys. Three people are due in court later this month …
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Understanding the Spike in China’s Birth Rate
(The Economist) — When China’s government scrapped its one-child policy in 2015, allowing all couples to have a second child, officials pooh-poohed Western demographers’ fears that the relaxation was too little, too late. Rather, the government claimed, the new approach would start to reverse the country’s dramatic ageing. On January 22nd the National Health and Family Planning Commission revealed data that seemed to justify optimism: it said 18.5m babies had been born in Chinese hospitals in 2016. This was the highest number since 2000—an 11.5% increase over 2015. Of the new babies, 45% were second children, up from around 30% before 2013, suggesting the policy change had made a difference …
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Organisms Created with Synthetic DNA Pave Way for Entirely New Life Forms
(The Guardian) — From the moment life gained a foothold on Earth its story has been written in a DNA code of four letters. With G, T, C and A – the molecules that pair up in the DNA helix – the lines between humans and all life on Earth are spelled out. Now, the first living organisms to thrive with an expanded genetic code have been made by researchers in work that paves the way for the creation and exploitation of entirely new life forms. Scientists in the US modified common E coli microbes to carry a beefed-up payload of genetic material which, they say, will ultimately allow them to program how the organisms operate and behave …
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Alberta Rate of Physician-Assisted Suicide Climbs to Four or Five a Week
(Calgary Sun) — The rate of those choosing physician-assisted death in Alberta continues to increase and more are opting out of dying at home, say Alberta Health Services officials. Since Feb. 6 when the procedure was made possible, 76 people in the province have taken that route to end their lives, which in Alberta is through the intravenous delivery of drugs. In the week from Jan. 9 to 16, five more people died with the assistance of a physician, a process that became fully legal last June …
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Controversial IVF Technique Produces a Baby Girl–And for Some, That’s a Problem
(CNN) — In 2015, the United Kingdom approved pronuclear transfer, but only for women suffering mitochondrial disease. The technique replaces defective mitochondria in a mother’s egg with healthy donor mitochrondria as a way of preventing mitochondrial disease from being passed on to a child. The reason this experimental method is a cause for concern — and was vigorously debated in the UK before approval — is the genetic modifications produced in a girl baby could be passed onto her children, according to Lori P. Knowles, adjunct assistant professor at the University of Alberta School of Public Health …
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Indian Surrogate Mothers Grab Last Chance to Make Babies Ahead of Impending Ban
(Reuters) — Inside a bungalow in a plush residential area of Gurugram, on the outskirts of New Delhi, a group of women in different stages of pregnancy share the hope their babies will be delivered safely – or risk losing the chance of big money, forever. Successful pregnancies have never been more important at this surrogacy center where every bed is taken following a jump in demand as India inches towards banning commercial surrogacy. These women could be among the last in the country to rent their wombs for money if the Indian parliament passes a bill to outlaw commercial surrogacy – a 15-year-old industry estimated to be worth as much as $2.3 billion annually – in its next session starting in February …
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Taming Rabies
(Science) — An estimated 59,000 people die from rabies worldwide each year, almost all infected by dogs. Malaria, HIV, and tuberculosis take much higher tolls. But the horrible suffering caused by rabies—some patients have convulsions and become aggressive, just like rabid dogs—and the fact that many victims are children led the World Health Organization (WHO) and other groups in 2015 to announce a goal to eliminate rabies deaths worldwide by 2030. In theory, nobody should die from rabies. It’s one of the few viral diseases where administering a vaccine after exposure can still save your life …
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Human Tissues in a Dish: The Research and Ethical Implications of Organoid Technology
(Science) — Growing functional human tissues and organs would provide much needed material for regeneration and repair. New technologies are taking us in that direction. In addition to their use in regenerative medicine, stem cells that grow and morph into organ-like structures known as organoids can be used in drug development and toxicology testing. The potential developments and possibilities are numerous and affect not only biomedicine but also areas of ongoing ethical debate, such as animal experimentation, research on human embryos and fetuses, ethics review, and patient consent …
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