Timothy Ray Brown, long known only as the “Berlin Patient” had HIV for 12 years before he became the first person in the world to be cured of the infection following a stem cell transplant in 2007. He recalls his many years of illness, a series of difficult decisions, and his long road to recovery in the first-person account, “I Am the Berlin Patient: A Personal Reflection,” published in AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is part of a special issue on HIV Cure Research and is available free on the AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses website.
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.
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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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?