The puppy has two faces: Streisand on cloning dogs

Sad about losing your beloved poodle? Why not clone them?

In an interview with Variety magazine last week, singer and actress Barbara Streisand opened up about cloning her long-time soul-pet Samantha for US$50,000.

Samantha passed away in 2004, but Streisand couldn't stand the thought of living without him -- so she tried to keep a little bit of him alive:

I just wanted to keep her with me in some way … Sammie’s doctor took some cells from insider her cheek and the skin on her tummy just before she died. And we sent those cells to ViaGen Pets… click here to read whole article and make comments

UK government: Parents should tell their surrogate children about their birth

The UK’s Department for Health and Social Care has released new guidelines advising that children born via surrogacy be told of their origins.

The guidelines, released last Wednesday, are intended to “ensure LGBTQ+ individuals are given equal care, and that all surrogates and intended parents are treated with due dignity and respect”. The document states:

Research suggests that openness, confidence and transparency about a child's origins from an early age (pre-school) is the best way to talk to children about their identity and origins. Your fertility counsellor should have given you the opportunity to explore how you feel… click here to read whole article and make comments

Is the World Medical Association going to change on euthanasia?

Even though the legalisation of euthanasia has been gathering momentum around the world, the World Medical Association has refused to support it. However, the Singaporean head of the FIAMC (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Médecins Catholiques), has issued a stark warning about impending changes in WMA policy.

Dr John Lee, the FIAMC president, claims that the WMA has “plans to introduce two policy measures to facilitate worldwide abortion and euthanasia by curtailing doctors’ conscientious objection”. In an open letter to the WMA leadership he writes:

a revision is being considered to the Declaration of Oslo on Therapeutic… click here to read whole article and make comments

What are bioethicists doing to stop gun violence?

After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people died, America has been convulsed with arguments about gun control. Where is the input from bioethicists, asks Craig Klugman, of DePaul University.

Although gun-related violence is a major public health issue in the United States, Klugman complains that bioethicists have shown little interest in it. He searched PubMed for “bioethics” plus “gun,” “firearm,” violence,” or “control” and found only handful of articles and blog posts.

Bioethics is supposed to be the great facilitator of moral discourse on issues of health in the… click here to read whole article and make comments

Biohacking: the future of the biosciences?

Media outlets are in a frenzy over the latest quirky development in the biosciences – the advent of the so-called “biohacking” movement. 

Biohacking, or do-it-yourself biology, attempts to take what have traditionally been university or institute-based scientific disciplines – molecular biology, genetics, bioengineering, and so forth – and make them more available to the general public.

Several grass-roots biohacking organisations have surfaced in the US in recent years, including biophysicist Josiah Zayner’s company The Odin. Zayner aims to make experimental biotechnologies available to the public – particularly equipment for genetic engineering. Some of his most successful products include a… click here to read whole article and make comments

Thai court grants Japanese man custody of 13 surrogate children

Earlier this month BioEdge reported on a court case involving a 28-year-old Japanese man, Mitsutoki Shigeta, who is believed to have fathered 15 children via surrogacy in Thailand. Authorities had taken Shigeta’s children into custody after concerns were raised about their welfare.

Since then, the court has returned custody of 13 of the children to Shigeta, saying that he  demonstrated that he is financially stable and had showed his plans to care for the children. The court said he had a right to custody because the children were born before the introduction of a new law prohibiting commercial… click here to read whole article and make comments

Potential organ donors fear inadequate treatment

Why are people reluctant to sign-up as organ donors?

A group of medical researchers from Emory University recently conducted a survey on this topic involving over 750 Americans. According to the researchers, the main deterrent for organ donation is a misperception that one will receive inadequate medical care if registered as an organ donor.

The results of the survey, published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, also indicated several other factors that deterred people from donating. These include thinking there was an increased cost for the donor family when donating organs and thinking a famous… click here to read whole article and make comments

Date set for Ireland’s abortion referendum

Ireland will go to the polls on May 25 to vote on the country’s constitutional ban on abortion, as both pro-life and pro-choice organisations intensify their campaigning.

Earlier this week health minister Simon Harris was given approval to draft a bill that would delete the controversial 8th constitutional amendment, and replace it with a new article enabling the parliament to regulate abortion services in Ireland.

Currently, the constitution contains the following passage which is understood to prohibit abortion except in cases where a mother’s life is at risk:

The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and,… click here to read whole article and make comments

Belgium’s euthanasia commission under fire after shock letter by whistleblower

Evidence of gross negligence is mounting against Belgium’s peak euthanasia regulatory body, the Federal Commission for Euthanasia Control and Evaluation.

Dr. Ludo Van Opdenbosch, a neurologist who was a Commission member for several years, resigned in September 2017. Associated Press recently obtained the letter of resignation that Dr Van Opdenbosch sent to senior politicians, which details his dissatisfaction with the oversight processes of the Commission. "I do not want to be part of a committee that deliberately violates the law," he wrote. 

According to the letter, the Commission failed to refer to… click here to read whole article and make comments

Ukraine: a new surrogacy hotspot

With several Asian countries having outlawed commercial surrogacy, more and more desperate couples are descending on Ukraine in search of surrogate mothers.

Analysts say that demand for surrogacy in Ukraine has increased dramatically in the last two years, with rough estimates suggesting that around 500 surrogate pregnancies are taking place annually.

Ukraine's liberal laws attract people, BBC reporters suggest. The country recognises the "intending parents" as the biological parents from the moment of conception and places no limit on how much a surrogate may be paid - essentially creating an open… click here to read whole article and make comments

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