informed consent

Your Body Belongs to Us for Experimentation

The obligation of researchers to gain informed consent from those willing to be human subjects is a sacrosanct human right established by the Nuremberg Code. But some in the bioethics movement seek to undermine this crucial human subject protection–to a respectful listen at the highest level of bioethics discourse, including the Hastings Center Report. Author […]

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New Developments in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Those who read (or who are familiar with) the book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will probably be interested in this article by the book’s author, Rebecca Skloot. In particular, Skloot addresses new ethical issues that have arisen with the recent publication of the HeLa genome without the consent of her family. The publication […]

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UC Davis Punishes Professors for Unethical Medical Experiments

Good for UC Davis. It has punished two medical professors for conducting unethical medical experiments on brain cancer patients. From the Associated Press story: Two University of California, Davis, neurosurgeons have been banned from performing medical research on humans after they were accused of experimenting on dying brain cancer patients without university permission, the Sacramento […]

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IVF Clinics Supply Embryos For Destructive Research Without Consent of Egg Donors

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC When a woman donates her eggs for one purpose — to help another woman have a child — is it right and ethical to instead use embryos made from her gametes for destructive research without her knowledge or consent? A survey of IVF clinics has […]

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Misconception : the word formally known as deception

Mildred Cho and David Magnus at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University have a pretty good piece here on the therapeutic misconception of stem cell research. Of particular interest is their caution to stem cell researchers. First, they’ve over sold their case by promising saved lives and therapies that still don’t exist. […]

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