Germany: another stem cell controversy tarnishes the field
Doubt cast on daring claims by cardiologist
Doctors in court: medical error in Germany
The German medical community is in uproar over the controversial manslaughter conviction of a junior doctor in Biebefield
German minister for education and research loses job in plagiarism scandal
To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, losing one minister because he plagiarised his PhD thesis is a misforture; losing two looks like carelessness. But this is what has happened to Germany’ys Chancellor, Angela Merkel. This week she accepted the resignation of her minister for education and research, Annette Schavan, after the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf stripped her of a doctorate which she earned 30 years ago.
German sperm donor children gain right to know fathers
German cleric apologises over rape victim mistreatment
A prominent German cleric has apologized after a possible rape victim was refused treatment at two Catholic hospitals. In a statement issued last week, Cardinal Joachim Miesner expressed his “deep shame” at the hospitals’ failure to provide the 25 year old German woman with an appropriate gynaecological examination. “[I am] deeply ashamed by this incident because it goes against our Christian mission” the cardinal said.
German doctors shaken by corruption allegations
The German Medical Association has investigated nearly 1,000 cases of corrupt doctors over the past few years, according to its president, Frank Ulrich Montgomery.
Germany moves towards a compromise on circumcision
A row over circumcision in Germany has escalated after a formal complaint was lodged against a rabbi in the city of Hof.
German government wrangling over assisted suicide
A close friend should be allowed to help someone commit suicide, says the German Justice Minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger.
German doctor falsified documents in “transplant corruption” scandal
Shortly after a new law encouraging organ donation came into effect, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newpaper in Munich revealed that one of the country’s leading surgeons had been accused of systematically falsifying documentation to bump his patients up the waiting list.
Circumcision ban in Germany faces criticism
A state court decision in Cologne criminalising circumcision has sparked protest among Muslims and Jews for whom it is a religious duty.
Germany uneasy about teen cosmetic surgery
The German government is drafting legislation to ban cosmetic surgery for teenagers except for medical reasons. At the moment, there is no minimum age. As a result, patients under 20 account for about 10% of all cosmetic procedures, according to the Association of German Plastic Surgeons.
German football legend dies by assisted suicide
Timo Konietzka, former Germany international and the first footballer to score a goal in the country’s Bundesliga competition, died on Monday by assisted suicide, his wife reported to German media.
German ethicists can’t agree on humanized animals
The German Ethics Council (Deutscher Ethikrat) has recommended that researchers be allowed to insert human genes into mice in a major report on human-animal mixtures.
Germany legalises pre-implantation genetic diagnosis
The German parliament has legalised pre-implantation genetic diagnosis after a long debate over three competing proposals. The bill was passed on a conscience vote. PGD involves testing a cell from an early-stage embryo for genetic defects. If the embryo is unsuitable, it is destroyed.
German docs keep ban on assisted suicide
After a heated debate German doctors have voted to maintain a ban on doctors assisting patients who wish to commit suicide. The vote was convincing: 166 against 56, with 7 abstentions. The president of the Federal Medical Council, Joerg-Dietrich Hoppe, declared: "Physicians must assist the dying, while respecting their dignity and respecting their intentions. But they are forbidden to kill patients at their request. You must not assist a suicide. "
Europe’s biggest stem cell clinic shut down after baby’s death
In a case which is a veritable cocktail of bioethical issues, Europe’s biggest stem cell clinic has been shut down.
Germany to start paying families to use IVF to reverse shrinking birthrate
Germany is on the verge of providing a curious solution for its sharply declining birthrate: paying couples to have IVF treatment.
Court rules surrogate children have no right to German passport
A German court ruled this week that a child born to a surrogate mother in India has no right to a passport even though the father is German.
German Medical Association eases assisted suicide regulations
Liberalisation puts focus on consciences of doctors
German doctors set to support assisted suicide
Support growing in Germany despite opposition
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