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Science in Obama’s Administration

After lots of ‘Net speculation on science and medicine advisory councils and committees in addition to mine of this morning, we find out that the Obama leader for the transition team on the President’s Council on Bioethics Review Team will be Jonathan Moreno the associate at the bioethics arms of the Center for American Progress, … Continue reading

Charo: No “Presidential sleight of hand” on stem cells

“The Wicker-Dickey Amendment cannot be changed by Presidential sleight of hand or wave of pen.” R. Alta Charo, World Stem Cell Summit, Madison Wisconsin, September, 2008 See video, at time marker 11:18/01:01:29. John Podesta, the founder of the Center for American Progress and the leader of the transitional team for the newly invented “Office of … Continue reading

Upside down ethics

That last post definitely points out the mess of current bioethics: Autonomy as the first principle, before the more traditional “Heal when possible, but first do no harm.” Is the purpose of medicine to give the patient what he or she wants, or is it to save lives and restore or maintain health? As I’ve … Continue reading

>On Conscience: Philosophical, not Scientific or Medical Debate

>Some of you may have already seen this transcript from the September ’08 President’s Bioethics Council meeting. Three physicians gave testimony on September 12th, including Dr. Farr Curlin, Dr. Howard Brody, and (from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, although she says she’s not there as an ACOG representative) Dr. Anne Drapkin Lyerly. Council … Continue reading

In vitro fertilization and the beginning of life

The Los Angeles Times (a one time free registration may be required) finally notices that couples who initiate in vitro fertilization are “finding themselves ensnared in a debate about when life begins.” The proposed Colorado amendment states, “The term ‘person’ or ‘persons’ shall include any human from the time of fertilization.” If it is passed, … Continue reading

“iPS cells would have never been discovered without human embryonic stem cells"

In fact, Mr. Siegal, without the objection to cloning and embryonic stem cell research, iPS cells researchers might have taken a little longer to develop therapy that holds promise for regeneration and healing in the body, without transplants, intermediate cells and without costing the life of another human being. Bernie Siegal, that lawyer who sued … Continue reading

Washington Post Addresses Our “Birth Control Fears”

As well as our fear of death and homophobia, in today’s article, “Birth Control fears addressed.” Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt has denied that a controversial draft regulation would redefine common birth control methods as abortion and protect the rights of doctors and other health-care workers who refuse to provide them. In a … Continue reading

“I want” ethics reigns, even with good stem cell news

I found someone willing to admit that she’s not happy with today’s news on the production of embryo-like stem cells without the destruction of embryos or harm to women from donating eggs. Robin Alta Charo is a lawyer who, as part of the Clinton administration’s National Bioethics Advisory Commission, helped fabricate the policy to allow … Continue reading

The Politics of Embryonic Stem Cells: Gearhart “pressures” Atala

I was able to attend the “Understanding Stem Cells: Science and Policy” lecture at the Koshland Science Museum, the museum of the National Academies of Sciences, in Washington, DC last week where I heard Jonathan Moreno, PhD, – the ethicist who works for and advances the American Center for Progress and Dr. John Gearhart, Director … Continue reading

Rao: Adult Stem Cells “soon to be on the market”

The journal Stem Cells has published an Open-Access review by the former NIH director, Mahendra Rao, MD, PhD, covering last month’s “Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine Conference” at the National Center for Regenerative Medicine in Ohio. Another review with summaries of some of the individual talks as well as the history of the … Continue reading

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