February 17, 2017

The Public Should Have a Say in Allowing Modification of Our Germline Genetic Code

(Scientific American) – The report suggests limitations on genetic engineering to the heritable “germline” code of embryos, or even earlier upstream in the process, sperm and ovum, which convey information passed on to subsequent generations. However, the report appears to … Read More

February 15, 2017

Ethicists Advise Caution in Applying CRISPR Gene Editing to Humans

(The Washington Post) – The report did not recommend an absolute prohibition of gene editing on the human “germline” if such interventions can be proved safe. This would involve genetic changes to eggs, sperm or embryos that would persist in … Read More

February 13, 2017

Docs Bill Medicare for End-of-Life Advice as ‘Death Panel’ Fears Reemerge

(USA Today) – End-of-life counseling sessions, once decried by some conservative Republicans as “death panels,” gained steam among Medicare patients in 2016, the first year doctors could charge the federal program for the service. Nearly 14,000 providers billed almost $35 million — including nearly … Read More

February 13, 2017

A New Edition of South African Journal of Bioethics and Law is Now Available

South African Journal of Bioethics and Law (vol. 9, no. 2, 2016) is available online by subscription only. Articles include: “Harm to Patients and Others Caused by Impaired Junior Doctors Compelled to Work 30-Hour Shifts or Longer: Can the Minister of … Read More

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