Bioethics News

Iceland’s ethical debate: Should DNA donors be told if they are predisposed to a deadly disease?

If you knew someone was genetically predisposed to cancer, would you tell them? Dr. Kari Stefansson would. The Icelandic neurologist is the CEO of deCODE Genetics, a company that has collected the DNA of nearly half the country’s population. Using the company’s data, he said that he can pinpoint 1,600 people at risk of deadly cancers in Iceland. The government, however, won’t let him.


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At least 8 million IVF babies born in 40 years since historic first

The world’s first in-vitro fertilization baby was born in 1978 in the UK. Since then, 8 million babies have been born worldwide as a result of IVF and other advanced fertility treatments, an international committee estimates.


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Electrical brain stimulation may help reduce violent crime in future

Researchers found that applying an electric current to a part of the brain linked to violent acts reduced people’s intentions to commit assault.


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Scientists Can Design ‘Better’ Babies. Should They?

In vitro fertilization, or I.V.F., is by now broadly accepted, though it still has objectors, including the Roman Catholic Church. Designer-baby fears have proved in the main to be “overblown,” said Dr. Paula Amato, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. “We have not seen it with I.V.F. in general,” she told Retro Report. “We have not seen it with P.G.D.” In a different camp are those who invoke slippery slopes, fearing unpredictable genies that may be unleashed.


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Why scientists created a human-chicken hybrid embryo

One of the biggest mysteries of human life is how we develop from a tiny ball of cells into a being with bones, muscle and organs. Now scientists have found a workaround. By transplanting human embryonic cells onto chicken embryos, researchers at Rockefeller University in New York City have created a hybrid embryo that they say will bring insights into fetal development.


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Už embrionų saugojimą neišsimokančios poros bijo kraujomaišos

Užšaldytų embrionų saugojimas, dvejų metų terminas nuspręsti, ką daryti su likusiais embrionais, embrionų donorystės galimybė – visi šie klausimai vaikų trokštančioms susilaukti poroms iš pradžių yra antraeiliai. Svarbiausia – sėkmingai pastoti ir išnešioti vaikelį. Tačiau labai greitai tai, kas buvo nesvarbu, tampa labai aktualu. Ypač, kai tai liečia asmeninę kišenę.
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Daughter ‘would go to prison’ over father’s Dignitas death

A woman who took her 93-year-old father to die at a Dignitas facility in Switzerland says she is prepared to go to jail over assisted suicide.


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Irish abortion referendum: New laws by end of the year

A new abortion law will be in place by the end of the year. It follows a landslide vote in favour of repealing the Republic of Ireland’s constitutional ban on abortion.


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Estija planuoja surinkti per 10 proc. savo gyventojų DNR

Estija atidaro DNR duomenų bazę, kurioje bus daugiau nei 150 tūkst. šalies gyventojų genetiniai duomenys ir kuri padės vykdant chroniškų ligų prevenciją, taip pat jas diagnozuojant ir gydant.


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‘Mind-reading’ tech being used to monitor Chinese workers’ emotions

Workers in China are being hooked up with brain-reading devices that feed information about their moods to their employers, raising concerns about the privacy of people’s most basic emotions.


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