Germany’s National Ethics Council rejects therapeutic cloning</b>

Germany's National Ethics Council announced this week that it was still opposed to cloning embryos for research despite pressure from scientists who are excited by developments in Britain. After a year of study, the 25-member body was split three ways, but a majority felt that the current ban on cloning should continue. However, a door was left open to reconsider the ban on therapeutic cloning. Opposition to reproductive cloning was unanimous. MORE




Why not use artificial gametes, asks British bioethicist</b>

A UK bioethicist has used the leading journal Science to argue for the right to use artificial sperm and eggs derived from human embryonic stem cells. In an article in the latest issue, John Harris, of the University of Manchester, and a German colleague contend that artificial gametes would have two compelling uses. First, they would allow infertile couples to have genetically related offspring, provided that the cost and the safety levels were about the same as conventional IVF. Second, they would allow same- sex couples to have children.

Dr Harris dismisses the notion that a child would be harmed… MORE





20 Dutch children a year euthanased, doctors admit</b>

In the wake of news that a Dutch hospital has written a protocol to allow the involuntary euthanasia of children, one of the authors has defended his policy. Dr Eduard Verhagen, of Groningen University Hospital, told the Spanish newspaper ABC that about 20 children are euthanased each year already, even though this is officially against the law. Of these, only two or three are reported to a local coroner. Under the new guidelines, which were developed in concert with the Ministry of Justice, doctors are to report all cases of child euthanasia and… MORE




Road to profit in IVF like “fast food industry” </b>

A business profile of the two largest IVF practices in the Australian state of New South Wales shows that they have extraordinary potential" for profitability. In one of the world's first behind-the-scenes look at the finances of the fertility business, Margot Saville, of the Sydney Morning Herald, says that Sydney IVF and IVF Australia have been transformed from medical cottage industries into 21st Century conglomerates. IVF Australia earned revenue of almost A$15 million in the 2002-03 financial year, with a net profit of $1.5 million. Sydney IVF's profit for the same period was only $684,00 on a revenue of $21.3… MORE




Clinical trials to become more transparent</b>

Glowing results from clinical trials may be due to successful experiments -- or to the fact that none of the failures have been reported. And because pharmaceutical companies have a vested interest in keeping bad news under wraps, little has been done to solve the problem. However, according to the Economist, drug companies are being pushed towards more openness by three recent events.

The first is a legal settlement by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a British drug company which was accused by the state of New York of deliberately suppressing clinical trials with negative results for its anti-depressant Paxil. GSK has agreed… MORE





Should dying patients recruit their own donors? </b>

Everet needs a liver A Texas man who found a liver donor by advertising on billboards and the internet is being imitated by other sick people who are impatient with the conventional supply system. Several Americans have posted personal web sites looking for a liver or a kidney. The sites have names like EveretNeedsALiver.com, michaelneedsaliver.com, Kenneedsaliver.com and Donationforcynthia.com and feature tragic stories and heart- rending photos. Doctors and ethicists are alarmed by a possible trend towards queue- jumping. "The level of chaos that will ensue if directed donations and advertising efforts take off is… MORE




Memories of Tuskegee may be at root of black organ shortage</b>

Because racial groups have similar genetic characteristics, a large pool of black donors is needed to save blacks with diseased organs. In the US black patients constitute 27% of people on waiting lists, but only 12% of donors, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. As a result, blacks wait an average of 18 months longer for a transplant than whites.

Many people involved with transplants blame the notorious Tuskegee experiments for blacks' reluctance to become donors. Between the 1930s and the 1970s poor black men in Alabama were used as guinea pigs to see what would happen if… MORE





Californian fisticuffs over stem-cell proposal

Californian backers of November's vote on a proposal to spend US$3 billion on stem cell research over 10 years are touting the financial return on the still-unproven technology, while its opponents are accusing it of shonky ethics.

Supporters of Proposition 71 say that the return on the bond issue which would finance the research will be immense, generating at least US$6.4 to $12.6 billion in state revenues and health care cost savings during the payback period, with a return on investment of at least 120% to 236% -- as well as generating between 5,000 and 22,000 new jobs every year.… MORE





Italian health minister stumbles over stem cell success</b>

Italian Health Minister Girolamo Sirchia The Italian politician who pushed through Europe's most restrictive IVF laws has scored an own goal in the controversy over stem cell research. Although his opposition to using human embryonic stem cells and to therapeutic cloning was well-known, Health Minister Girolamo Sirchia called a press conference to praise the historic" cure of a 5-year-old boy suffering from thalassemia. Stem cells taken from the placenta of his twin brothers had saved his life.

However, the Minister may have been ambushed. The twins were actually designer babies, the product of pre-implantation… MORE





Euthanasia film wows ‘em in Venice</b>

A poignant docu-drama about a Spanish quadriplegic's quest for death has won two prizes in the renowned Venice Film Festival. "Mar Adentro" ("The Sea Within") depicts the plight of Ram?n Sampedro, a charismatic sailor paralysed in a diving accident who campaigned to be killed because he was "a living head glued to a dead body". The Spanish director is Alejandro Amen?bar, who is best-known in the English-speaking world for his Nicole Kidman film "The Others". Javier Bardem took out the best actor award and the film also won the jury grand prize.

Spanish Prime Minister Jos? Luis Rodr?guez Zapatero attended… MORE




Page 537 of 558 : ‹ First  < 535 536 537 538 539 >  Last ›

 
 Search BioEdge

 Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter
rss Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed

Home | About Us | Contact Us | rss RSS | Archive | Bookmark and Share | michael@bioedge.org

BioEdge - New Media Foundation Ltd © 2004 - 2009 All rights reserved -- Powered by Encyclomedia