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Genetic & Reproductive Technologies Conference
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CBHD SUMMER CONFERENCE
Paper and poster proposals for presentation at CBHD's summer conference, Genetic & Reproductive Technologies, are being accepted through February 15, 2017. All serious proposals relevant to the study of bioethics are welcome. To be considered for presentation, contributed papers and posters must be submitted as abstracts 250-300 words along with a CV/resume. 
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AMERICA'S VICTIMS IN THE SALE OF HUMAN FLESH
CBHD Executive Director, Paige Cunningham, recently wrote about the growing trend to provide fetal organs and tissue on demand for research. Included among the desired parts "intact brains from 24-28 week fetuses, 'to dissect w/ summer camp students.'"
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NEW YEAR, NEW DESIGN
As you probably noticed, our Bioethics Weekly email has a new look in 2017! We hope that you will find this new format easier to read and access on both computers and mobile devices.
OTHER BIOETHICS EVENTS
CONFERENCE ON MEDICINE & RELIGION
Re-Enchanting Medicine
JW Marriott Galleria
March 24 – 26, 2017
Houston, TX
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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS
SCIENTISTS TISSUE-ENGINEER FUNCTIONAL PART OF HUMAN STOMACH
(Science Daily) — Scientists have used pluripotent stem cells to generate human stomach tissues in a Petri dish that produce acid and digestive enzymes. They grew tissues from the stomach’s corpus/fundus region. The study comes two years after the same team generated the stomach’s hormone-producing region (the antrum). The discovery means investigators now can grow both parts of the human stomach to study disease…
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SIMPLE BLOOD TEST CAN DETECT GENETIC DISEASES EARLY IN PREGNACY
(New Scientist) — A FAST test for genetic disorders means women could learn about the future health of their baby as early as 6 weeks into pregnancy. The test for single-gene disorders, which are collectively more common than Down’s syndrome, could become available within five years. This would enable prospective parents to choose whether to proceed with a pregnancy if conditions like muscular dystrophy or Huntington’s disease are detected…
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A DYING MAN'S WISH TO SAVE OTHERS HITS HOSPITAL ETHICS HURDLE
(Kaiser Health News) — At 44 years old, Dave Adox was facing the end of his two year battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He needed a ventilator to breathe and couldn’t move any part of his body, except his eyes. Once he started to struggle with his eyes — his only way to communicate — Adox decided it was time to die. He wanted to donate his organs, to give other people a chance for a longer life. To do this, he’d need to be in a hospital when he went off the ventilator…
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PHILIPPINE POLICE ARREST SURROGATE MOTHERS-TO-BE
(The Sydney Morning Herald) — A “human trafficking syndicate” has been hiring Filipino women to travel to Cambodia to carry surrogacy babies for foreigners, including Australians, Philippine authorities say. Four women were detained at Manila’s international airport on New Year’s Day while about to depart for Phnom Penh, indicating that surrogacy clinics are still operating in the city despite a crackdown on commercial surrogacy there…
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JAPANESE WHITE-COLLAR WORKERS ARE ALREADY BEING REPLACED BY A.I.
(Quartz) — One Japanese insurance company, Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance, is reportedly replacing 34 human insurance claim workers with “IBM Watson Explorer,” starting by January 2017. The AI will scan hospital records and other documents to determine insurance payouts, according to a company press release, factoring injuries, patient medical histories, and procedures administered. Automation of these research and data gathering tasks will help the remaining human workers process the final payout faster, the release says…
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GENE EDITING STARTS TO SAVE LIVES AS HUMAN TRIALS GET UNDER WAY
(New Scientist) — In 2015, a little girl called Layla was treated with gene-edited immune cells that eliminated all signs of the leukaemia that was killing her. Layla’s treatment was a one-off, but by the end of 2017, the technique could have saved dozens of lives. Gene editing involves altering or disabling existing genes, which used to be extremely difficult. It took many years to develop the gene-editing tool that saved Layla (pictured), but thanks to a revolutionary method known as CRISPR, this can now be done in just weeks…
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HEAR THIS 2017: SCIENTISTS ARE CREATING NEW EARS WITH 3D-PRINITNG AND HUMAN STEM CELLS
(Smithsonian) — Now, a team of researchers from the U.S. and U.K. are aiming to change that. Inspired by the earmouse, doctors at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Regenerative Medicine have perfected a new technique to grow a fully formed human ear, using patients’ own stem cells. They begin with a 3D-printed polymer mold of an ear, which is then implanted with stem cells drawn from fat. As these stem cells differentiate into cartilage, the polymer scaffold degrades, leaving a full “ear” made of mature cartilage cells…
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MEDSCAPE ETHICS REPORT 2016: LIFE, DEATH, AND PAIN
(Medscape) — Every day, physicians grapple with wrenching life-and-death decisions. They often must weigh many factors (some conflicting), such as patient wishes, laws, right and wrong, one’s sense of duty… There are enough shades of gray such that the best course of action may not be obvious—and often there is no optimal course of action at all. Medscape’s Ethics Report premiered in 2010. Here, in our fourth report, more than 7500 physicians from more than 25 specialties shared their often clashing views on issues about life, death, and patient suffering, with some notable shifts in attitude over the years…
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Note: News stories and events do not necessarily represent the Center’s views. For additional commentary on many of the issues they raise, please see the CBHD web site at www.cbhd.org. Please visit www.bioethics.com for daily posts on bioethics news and issues.
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