China ignites debate over genetic engineering

Michael Cook | 25 April 2015 | Comments
tags: China, CRISPR, genetic engineering
Scientists have been editing the genome of human embryos, a world first.

Controversial doco investigates China’s organ donation system

Michael Cook | 12 April 2015 | Comments
tags: China, organ trafficking, organ transplants
Two Canadian researchers insist that there is sufficient evidence to believe claims of organ harvesting.

China’s gender imbalance “most serious and prolonged in the world”

Xavier Symons | 24 January 2015 | Comments
tags: China, gender ratio, population control
China's government has made its strongest statement yet about gender imbalance.

Harvesting of executed prisoners’ organs will cease by 2015 - Chinese government

Xavier Symons | 06 December 2014 | Comments
tags: capital punishment, China, organ trafficking
The harvesting of executed prisoners’ organs will end at the start of next year, says Chinese organ transplant committee chairman Huang Jiefu.

Executed prisoners may be part of cadaver exhibition

Xavier Symons | 12 September 2014 | Comments
tags: Canada, China, human dignity, plastination
A human rights group is calling on Canadian authorities to investigate the possible use of executed Chinese prisoners in an exhibition of ‘plastinated’ corpses.

The world of Chinese surrogacy

Michael Cook | 09 August 2014 | Comments
tags: China, surrogacy
This New York Times video sketches the burgeoning Chinese surrogacy industry.

One Child Policy an attack on the common good - Chinese bioethicist

Xavier Symons | 20 June 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, China, common good, one child policy
In a provocative new article in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Chinese bioethicist Jing-Bao Nie attacks the one child-policy for having “a hugely negative effect on the common good”. Nie criticises the government’s claim that the policy has benefited society through raising living standards and reducing overcrowding: “The greatest irony of all is that, while originally designed to improve living standards and help relieve poverty and underdevelopment, the one-child policy has inflicted massive suffering and state-directed violence on Chinese people, especially women.”

China’s oldest mother

Michael Cook | 16 May 2014 | Comments
tags: China, IVF, postmenopausal mothers
She gave birth to twins at 60 after IVF treatment.

Saudi Arabian and Chinese couple search abroad for surrogate mothers

Michael Cook | 07 December 2013 | Comments
tags: China, Saudi Arabia, surrogacy
Saudi couples who are unable to have children are employing surrogate mothers in Asia and Europe even though surrogacy has been condemned by the country's Islamic Jurisprudence Council.

China’s black market in scientific papers

Michael Cook | 30 November 2013 | Comments
tags: China, research ethics, research fraud
Reporters for the journal Science have documented a thriving Chinese black market in articles and authorship in reputable scientific journals.

Violence in Chinese hospitals on the rise

Xavier Symons | 09 November 2013 | Comments
tags: China, corruption
Much media attention has been given in recent weeks to violent attacks on doctors in Chinese hospitals

Chinese couples using American surrogates to get residency

Xavier Symons | 05 October 2013 | Comments
tags: China, surrogacy
A new American import has become popular in mainland China - surrogate children born in the US. Wealthy Chinese couples are increasingly making use of US surrogate mothers, according to surrogacy agencies in both America and China.

Doubts raised about organ transplant reforms in China

Xavier Symons | 14 September 2013 | Comments
tags: China, organ donation
Strong criticisms have been levelled at 'reforms' to the organ trade currently being carried out by the Chinese government.

Chinese push to ban unethical doctors

Michael Cook | 31 August 2013 | Comments
tags: China
The Chinese government and the Chinese Medical Association have called for life-bans for doctors convicted of unethical behaviour.

GlaxoSmithKlein slammed for unethical drug trials in China

Xavier Symons | 27 July 2013 | Comments
tags: China, clinical trials, research ethics
British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKlein has been exposed for conducting unethical drug trials in its Shanghai office.

Australian academics campaign against Chinese transplant chief

Xavier Symons | 25 May 2013 | Comments
tags: Australia, China, transplant surgery
A fierce campaign is being carried out in Australia to strip Chinese doctor Huang Jiefu of his honorary professorship at Sydney University. Dr. Jiefu, who was Vice-minister for Health in China for 12 years, authorized the forced removal of organs from thousands of executed Chinese prisoners.

Australian Senate condemns organ trafficking in China

Xavier Symons | 30 March 2013 | Comments
tags: Australia, China, Falun Gong, organ trafficking
Lobbying by Falun Gong, a quasi-religious movement banned in China, has scored a public relations coup in Australia.

336 million abortions in China since 1971, says Chinese govt

Xavier Symons | 21 March 2013 | Comments
tags: abortion, China, one-child policy
There have been over 336 million abortions in China since the since 1971, according to data released by the Chinese Health Department.

China to phase out organ donation from executed criminals

Michael Cook | 05 November 2012 | Comments
tags: China, organ donation
China will begin phase out organ donation from executed criminals next years, as it moves towards a voluntary system, says a government expert.

More Nobel links to bioethics

Michael Cook | 13 October 2012 | Comments
tags: China, Nobel Prize for Literature, one-child policy
Yes, there is a bioethical angle to another of this week’s Nobel Prize announcements. The latest novel by Mo Yan, the 2012 laureate for literature, is a searing critique of China's one-child policy.

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