Bioethics in the News

By May 2, 2015Bioethics

New Test Can Predict Cancer More Than a Decade Before Diagnosis

The Telegraph reported that scientists at Harvard and Northwestern University have devised a test that can predict with 100% accuracy whether a person will develop cancer up to 13 years in the future, as changes are already taking place on chromosomes more than a decade prior to diagnosis.

New Drug Info Made Public

The New York Times reports that Medicare has released detailed data on prescription drug use in the USA.  The data was the most detailed breakdown ever provided by government officials about the prescription claims of Medicare beneficiaries.

Couple Fighting Over Frozen Embryos

(New York Times) “Our frozen embryos have a right to live,” says Sofia Vergara’s ex-fiancé. Last August he filed a complaint in Santa Monica, Calif., using pseudonyms, to protect two frozen embryos the couple created.

NIH Reiterates Ban on Editing Human Embryo DNA

(Nature) – The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has reaffirmed its ban on research that involves gene editing of human embryos. In a statement released on 29 April, NIH director Francis Collins, a Christian, spelled out the agency’s long-standing policy against the practice.

 

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