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Designed Human Embryos (CRISPR-CAS9)

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I attended a conference in Atlanta this month titled “Beings2015: Biotech and the Ethical Imagination.” During the main sessions, much was discussed regarding CRISPR, or what is more commonly known as gene editing. “Beings2015” convened to discuss how biotech should proceed and who should regulate advances like CRISPR in order to draft a statement of […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. California Medical Association No Longer Opposed to Assisted Suicide Earlier this week the California Medical Association decided to drop its formal opposition to physician assisted suicide, effectively becoming “neutral” to the practice. This is a shameful first for a state medical association and an abandonment of the Hippocratic principle of doing no harm to […]

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CBC on the Road: BEINGS15 Summit

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Earlier this week members of the CBC team attended the BEINGS15: Biotech and the Ethical Imagination summit in Atlanta, GA. The stated goal of the conference was to “gather together a distinguished faculty of thought leaders and 200 delegates from 30 countries, drawn from visionary thinkers in the sciences, engineering, policymaking and government, industry, law, […]

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Julia: My Experience as a Surrogate

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After seeing me on ABC’s Nightline, Julia emailed me to share her experience of being a surrogate. Jennifer: How did you come to make the decision to be a surrogate? Julia: At the time, my boyfriend’s brother and his wife were unable to conceive. They were talking about how expensive it was to adopt a […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Stop Surrogacy Now Coalition Launched The Center for Bioethics and Culture is pleased to be one of the original sixteen international organizations to have signed the Stop Surrogacy Now petition. This global coalition is calling on leaders of the world to put an end to the exploitative practice of surrogacy. In less than one […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Johnson & Johnson Creates Bioethics Panel for Trial Drugs The major pharmaceutical manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, announced this week the formation of a bioethics panel to make decisions on trial drugs. The program would allow for the potential use of non-FDA approved drugs for patients with terminal illnesses. While there are many ethical issues […]

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Coming Soon

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If it seems a little quiet around here this week it’s because we’re working behind the scenes on something big for next week. Here’s a hint on how big: “…more than 100 individuals and 16 organizations from 18 countries…” ‪#‎StayTuned‬ ‪#‎WatchThisSpace‬

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Israel Takes Surrogate Babies from Nepal but Leaves Mothers Behind If you’re looking for evidence that those utilizing surrogacy only view the surrogate mothers as vessels or wombs for rent, look no further than what happened in the aftermath of the tragic earthquake that hit Nepal last week: twenty-six surrogate babies were evacuated to […]

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When Child Custody Battles Move to the Lab

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I have to confess, I hadn’t heard of Sofia Vergara or her ex-fiance, Nick Loeb, until the frozen embryo custody battle broke in the news. For those, like me, who aren’t familiar with these two, Vergara is an actress, mostly known for her role in the TV show Modern Family, and Loeb is a businessman […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Chinese Scientists Genetically Modify Human Embryos A new study in the journal Protein & Cell confirms that Chinese scientists have engaged in editing the genomes of human embryos—the first time in the history of science. This daring new effort is not only ethically unsound, but dangerous as well. Changes in germline modification are heritable […]

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Photos from the 2015 Paul Ramsey Award Dinner

The 2015 Paul Ramsey Award Dinner was a great success. Below are a few photos from the evening to give you just a taste of the event. Christopher White, our Director of Research and Education, served as emcee for the evening. Paul Ramsey Institute Scholar Dr. Gilbert Meilaender presented the 2015 Paul Ramsey Award for […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Surrogate Conceived Baby Abandoned in India In what is becoming an increasingly common, though tragic, news headline, another surrogate conceived child has been abandoned by his intended parents. Reports indicate that when an Australian couple found out their surrogate was pregnant with twins, they only wanted to keep the girl and decided to leave […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Physician Assisted Suicide a No Go in Nevada While the state of Nevada may be used to gambling on a lot of things, lawmakers there have refused to gamble on using the practice of medicine to end to lives of patients. A “Death with Dignity” bill that was being considered in committee was not […]

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Free Speech or Censorship in the Public Square?

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On Saturday, April 11, CBC President Jennifer Lahl is slated to speak on the ethics of third party reproduction at Stanford University’s Anscombe Society’s second annual Facing History conference. She has been invited to speak on the ethics of third party reproduction, which is a fitting part of a discussion on the sexual revolution as […]

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Physicians Aren’t Supposed to Kill their Patients

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With the California legislature currently debating the legalization of physician assisted suicide, it’s significant that today’s Los Angeles Times profiles Dr. Ira Byock, the author of a number of books on end of life issues including Dying Well and The Four Things That Matter Most. In the profile Byock says: Physicians aren’t supposed to kill […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. World’s Largest Sperm Bank Sets Up Camp Next to U.S.’s Second Largest University Cryos, the world’s largest sperm bank, has decided to open up operations next to the University of Central Florida in Orlando, the second largest university in the United States—specifically targeting college men on campus. According to a Cryos VP, “Orlando is […]

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Paul Ramsey Institute Applications Due April 3

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Applying for our Paul Ramsey Institute? Don’t forget that the deadline is this Friday, April 3rd!

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. California Senate Panel Passes Physician Assisted Suicide Bill Advocates for physician assisted suicide in California scored a victory this week when a Senate Panel passed a measure to advance the legislation on to its next phase. Similar legislative initiatives have failed twice before, so here’s to hoping that an eventual third strike is in […]

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