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Dutch euthanasia figures present muddled picture

Michael Cook BioEdge Euthanasia in the Netherlands is nothing much to worry about, according to The Lancet. The latest survey shows that the overall levels of euthanasia and assisted suicide are about the same now as they were in 2002, … Continue reading

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Argentine junta leader sentenced for baby abductions

Michael Cook BioEdge If you cannot see the video, please click here. One of the hottest topics in bioethics today is the issue of “genetic orphans” – children created from gametes from anonymous donors. Supporters of anonymous donation find it … Continue reading

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The Brave New World vs 1984 debate

Michael Cook BioEdge Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is a touchstone for much commentary on contemporary bioethical debates, from moral enhancement to genetic engineering to assisted reproduction. Published in 1933, its vision now seems prophetic – at least in some … Continue reading

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The latest goss on infanticide

Michael Cook BioEdge A Washington Post blog has announced that the editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, Julian Savulescu, is preparing a special issue on infanticide. This follows the world-wide controversy over the JME’s February 23 article, “After-birth abortion: … Continue reading

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Compensation for victims of North Carolina eugenics program abandoned

Jared Yee BioEdge North Carolina’s effort to compensate victims of a widespread and decades-long eugenics program that extended into the 1970s was derailed in the State Senate this week. Governor Bev Perdue and the State House of Representatives had backed … Continue reading

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European crisis boosts illegal trade in body parts

Jared Yee BioEdge The financial crisis in Europe has sparked an increase in the trade of human body parts, as families and individuals scramble to put food on the table. Experts say that the black market for human organs — … Continue reading

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Swiss canton to vote on assisted suicide on June 17

Michael Cook BioEdge The Swiss canton of Vaud will hold a referendum on June 17 to decide whether nursing homes and hospitals must accept assisted suicide on their premises. (Vaud is a French-speaking canton in the east, whose capital is … Continue reading

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Synthetic biology could lead to disaster, says Oxford bioethicist

Michael Cook BioEdge Julian Savulescu, of Oxford’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, has issued a dramatic warning about the dangers of synthetic biology. He believe that it easily could be used to synthesise lethal new organisms which could kill vast … Continue reading

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Bioethics: real life or an “esoteric puzzle”?

Micheal Cook BioEdge Corruption is not a chapter heading in most bioethics textbooks. But a passionate article in a recent issue of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine suggests that it is fundamental. “If bioethicists are now the … Continue reading

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Organ trading, donation make headlines

Jared Yee BioEdge A worldwide illegal trade in kidneys is sharply expanding, according to the World Health Organisation. According to WHO, the illegal trade in kidneys has risen to an estimated 10,000 black market operations involving purchased human organs– one … Continue reading

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