Ethics in the News: Consequences of Poor Science Education in Kindergarten, Women Waiting Longer to Have Children, First Successful Uterus Transplant in the US & More – March 4, 2016

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NIH vowed to move its research chimps from labs, but only 7 got safe haven in 2015
Nearly three years after the National Institutes of Health announced that hundreds of chimpanzees held for invasive medical experiments would be retired to a sanctuary, relatively few have been so lucky. Only seven made the trip in all of 2015.

The Brain Gets Its Day in Court
A new study found that the number of judicial opinions referencing neuroscience as evidence more than doubled between 2005 and 2012.

The Consequences of Poor Science Education in Kindergarten
A majority of low-income and minority kindergarteners come in with poor general science knowledge—and closing that gap may be crucial for ensuring academic success later on.

A Baby, a Baboon Heart, and the Transplant Heard Round the World: The Story of the First Neonatal Cardiac Xenotransplant in History
Stephanie Fae Beauclair, better known to history as Baby Fae, was born October 14, 1984 with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Baby Fae needed a heart transplant to survive but a human heart was not available to her. What happened next challenged the boundaries of medical science and bioethics.

Harvard’s dark past as the “brain trust” of American eugenics
Harvard University is the richest, most famous and oldest university in the US. But one distinction which it would rather forget is that it was the “brain trust” of American eugenics.

Reproductive Ethics

Women Waiting Longer to Have Children
American women are having their first babies at increasingly older ages

Veterans Seek Help for Infertility Inflicted by Wounds of War
A few thousand veterans, male and female, are infertile because of injuries sustained in combat or training.

Should You Select Your Child’s Gender? The Debate Surrounding Chrissy Teigen’s IVF Reveal
Chrissy Teigen has remained refreshingly unfiltered about everything surrounding her pregnancy. So when she revealed in an interview that she had picked her child’s gender with IVF, the sudden wave of Internet controversy must have caught her off guard.

In first hearing, GOP panel seeks to cast doubt on fetal tissue research
Republicans leading the special House panel investigating fetal tissue procurement and research practices are set to aggressively question the morality and necessity of that research when the panel convenes its first hearing Wednesday.

Cleveland Clinic announces first successful uterus transplant in the U.S.
A 26-year-old patient is the nation’s first recipient of a uterus transplant, doctors from the Cleveland Clinic announced on Thursday. The grueling nine-hour surgery took place Wednesday, and the patient — who received the organ of a deceased donor — is reportedly in stable condition.

Zika Epidemic

CDC issues Olympics advisory: Pregnant women should ‘consider not going’ to Rio
U.S. officials on Friday issued their strongest travel warning yet regarding Zika, urging pregnant women to “consider not going” to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

U.S. details 9 Zika pregnancies: 2 abortions, 2 miscarriages, 1 baby with ‘severe microcephaly’
At least two pregnant women in the United States infected with the Zika virus have chosen to have abortions in recent months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, while two others have suffered miscarriages.

Texas hospitals announce first quick test for Zika that could help identify when the virus reaches U.S.
Researchers in Houston have announced that they have developed the first hospital-based, rapid diagnostic test for Zika, an advance that they said should help public health officials identify if — or, more likely, when — infected mosquitoes reach the United States this summer.



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