Ethics in the News: Right to Die, Europe’s First Non-Beating Heart Transplant, Organ Donation for Pets, & More – 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.

IVF paternity deception victim: I live in hope my boy will come back to me one day
UK man was tricked by his ex-wife into believing that the baby she conceived through fertility treatment at a clinic in Spain was biologically his child.

Europe’s first non-beating heart transplant deemed a success
Surgeons have successfully performed Europe’s first transplant using a non-beating heart.

Can Pets Receive or Donate Organs?
Kansas City, Kansas, is home to first-of-its-kind Pet Organ Donation Network, which was established to protect research animals and to provide organs to dogs and cats in need.

Doctors Create a 3-D Printed Trachea
Doctors at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System in New York, say 3D printing can be used to create a biodegradable tracheal segment containing a patient’s own cells to aid them in complex reconstruction surgery.

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