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Ethics & Society Newsfeed: April 17, 2015

Family Releases Final Brittany Maynard Video as California Debates Right to Die
Earlier this month, the 29-year-old Maynard made a posthumous appearance in a video at a California senate committee hearing, in which she urged support for the passage of the state’s End-of-Life Option Act. Maynard wrote and taped her statement only weeks before her death.

Renowned Bioethics Professor John Arras Passes Away
University of Virginia professor served on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and his research explored topics such as synthetic biology, research ethics and whole genome sequencing.

Bioethics Commission Plays Early Role in BRAIN Initiative, Releases Gray Matters, Vol. 1
Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released volume one of its two-part response to President Obama’s request related to the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. The report, Gray Matters: Integrative Approaches for Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society, includes four recommendations for institutions and individuals engaged in neuroscience research including government agencies and other funders.

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Ethics and Society Newsfeed: July 29th 2013

Bioethicist: Failed search for controversial cells shows danger of mixing science, religion
Dr. Arthur Caplan of NYU discusses science, religion and the ethics of VSELS (very small embryonic-like stem cells).

Banking stem cells in the hope of a live-saving cure
A French company is offering people the opportunity to bank their own stem cells in the hope that one day they can be used in their own treatment to possibly grow replacement organs.

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Ethics & Society Newsfeed: June 12th 2013

Is everyone out to steal my umbrella?
Is it ethical to take someone’s umbrella from the umbrella basket at the front of a restaurant if your similar-looking umbrella was taken by someone else? Also, is it ethical to wear non-prescription eyeglasses to appear more intelligent?

Behind Cry for Help from China Labor Camp
An Oregon woman buys Halloween decorations, and finds a letter from a Chinese labor camp prisoner inside. Who actually wrote the letter and what could and should be done?

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Ethics and Society Newsfeed: June 4th 2013

Mississippi Turns to Cord Blood to Track Down Statutory Rapists
Starting in July, doctors and midwives will be required to take umbilical cord blood samples from some babies born to mothers under the age of 16. Officials will then analyze the samples and try to identify the father from the state’s DNA database.

Join Wall Street. Save the World.
Can a person do more good by taking a high-paying job and then donating a large portion of it to charity than they could from working in academia or for a non-profit organization?

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Ethics and Society Newsfeed: May 30th 2013

Go-Ahead to Develop Synthetic Blood in Scotland
Researchers have been given a licence to use stem cells to manufacture blood that could eventually be tested on people.

Female and Transgender Sex Workers in Mumbai Face Barriers to Sexual Health Services
Female and transgender sex workers face limited access to healthcare, social discrimination, uncertain income and police harassment.

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Ethics and Society Newsfeed: May 29th 2013

Three-Parent Embryos: Mitochondrial Transfer IVF is Worth Pursuing 
Even though it is technically possible to create an embryo using the genetic material of three parents, is it ethically desirable?

The Abortion Issue Returns
With the Supreme Court hearing cases on various contentious issues, they are likely to return to one of their most enduring controversies: abortion.
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Ethics and Society Newsfeed: May 28th 2013

An Insider’s Guide to 3D Printing
Confused about the 3D printing phenomenon? This new technology has plenty of hype, but is it the future of manufacturing and biotechnology?

Link to Ethical Scandal Tarnishes Prestigious Award
Former Surgeon General Dr. Thomas Parran Jr. (1936-1948) was ahead of his time, but he was also complicit in two of the most egregious medical scandals of the 20th century. What does this mean for the prestigious Parran Award? 
What are scientists to do when they name their most prestigious award for an icon linked years later to unethical research?  

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