Embryo Experiments Reveal Earliest Human Development; How Many People Are Ending Their Lives Using Euthanasia?; Artificial Embryo Grown in a Dish from Two Types of Stem Cells; Full Genomic Sequencing for Newborns Raises Questions and more…
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Baby-Making Part II
BABY-MAKING PART 2
The widespread use of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) in the western world has given way to employing eugenics in selecting who will live and die. What is the church to make of this? CBHD Executive Director, Paige Cunningham, explores these important topics in part two of her article. Genetic & Reproductive Technologies will be the focus of CBHD's summer conference on June 22-24.
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Thinking about presenting or know someone who should present a paper or poster at CBHD's upcoming summer conference, Genetic & Reproductive Technologies? Next Wednesday, March 15th is the deadline. 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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Trinity Graduate School
March 21, 2017
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CONFERENCE ON MEDICINE & RELIGION
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March 24 – 26, 2017
Houston, TX
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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS
Embryo Experiments Reveal Earliest Human Development, But Stir Ethical Debates
(NPR) — Brivanlou knows that some of his research makes some people uncomfortable. That’s one reason he has agreed to give me a look at what’s going on. His lab and one other discovered how to keep human embryos alive in lab dishes longer than ever before — at least 14 days. That has triggered an international debate about a long-standing convention (one that’s legally binding in some countries, though not in the U.S.) that prohibits studying human embryos that have developed beyond the two-week stage. …
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In Places Where It’s Legal, How Many People Are Ending Their Lives Using Euthanasia?
(The Conversation) — With the issue back in the headlines, federal Labor’s justice spokesperson, Clare O’Neil, told Q&A that in countries where the practice is legal, “very, very small” numbers of people use the laws. Whether or not you agree with O’Neil’s statement depends largely on your interpretation of the subjective term “very, very small”, but there is a growing body of data available on how many people are using euthanasia or assisted dying laws in places such as the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Colombia, Canada and some US states. …
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The Real Reasons Autism Rates Are Up in the U.S.
(Scientific American) — The prevalence of autism in the United States has risen steadily since researchers first began tracking it in 2000. The rise in the rate has sparked fears of an autism ‘epidemic.’ But experts say the bulk of the increase stems from a growing awareness of autism and changes to the condition’s diagnostic criteria. Here’s how researchers track autism’s prevalence and explain its apparent rise. …
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A Delicate Balance between Pain and Prescription
(Undark) — Pain is more than discomfort — it’s a condition unto itself. And higher levels of chronic pain are associated with earlier death on average, the research reveals. Most striking: social disparities in chronic pain apparently mirror social disparities in health care. People of lower socioeconomic means report significantly more pain than people of higher socioeconomic means. Also associated with higher levels of pain: lower levels of education. …
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Artificial Embryo Grown in a Dish from Two Types of Stem Cells
(National Post) — Artificial mouse embryos grown from stem cells in a dish could help unlock secrets of early development and infertility that have until now evaded us. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz at the University of Cambridge and her team made the embryos using embryonic stem cells, the type of cells found in embryos that can mature into any type of tissue in the body. The trick was to grow these alongside trophoblast stem cells, which normally produce the placenta. By growing these two types of cell separately and then combining them in a special gel matrix, the two mixed and started to develop together. …
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How to Find Meaning in the Face of Death
(The Atlantic) — The number of deadly heroin overdoses in the United States more than quadrupled from 2010 to 2015, a federal agency said on Friday, as the price of the drug dropped and its potency increased. There were 12,989 overdose deaths involving heroin in 2015, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, compared with 3,036 such fatalities five years earlier. In 2010, heroin was involved in 8 percent of U.S. drug overdose deaths, a study by the Atlanta-based center said. By 2015, that proportion had jumped to 25 percent …
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Full Genomic Sequencing for Newborns Raises Questions
(Scientific American) — Many serious diseases that can be screened for at birth are not included in standard newborn genetic tests. Full genome sequencing of newborns for existing and potential disorders is now technologically possible and might soon be economically feasible. Scientists are exploring whether the resulting flood of genetic information will help parents and physicians care for newborns—or add unnecessary anxiety, complexity and cost. …
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Surgery or Drugs? Doctors’ Pay May Influence Choice
(New York Times) — Sometimes doctors choose to do surgery not because it is absolutely preferable to other treatments but because they get reimbursed for it, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at patients with a narrowed artery in the neck, a condition called carotid artery stenosis that can be treated with surgery or managed with medicine and lifestyle changes. The choice is often a judgment call. …
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