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Weekly Email February 10, 2012

The Bioethics Weekly

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This week we feature the second part of an essay titled, "Baby Making: The Fractured Fulfillment of Huxley's Brave New World," authored by CBHD's Executive Director, Paige C. Cunningham, JD. Last week we featured part one of this essay and it continues to be made available here.

The essay was adapted from a lecture delivered in March 2011 on Trinity International University’s Deerfield campus in conjunction with the Drama Department’s spring performance of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, a play by David Rogers. It has been divided into two parts spanning the Spring and Summer 2011 issues of Dignitas, the Center's quarterly publication available only to members.


We invite you to take advantage of our newly re-organized issues page on our website. You'll find easy access to bibiography's, case studies, and more. Visit www.cbhd.org/issues.


Event: 11th World Congress of Bioethics International Association of Bioethics
June 26-29, 2012
The Netherlands

Conference: Conference, The Future of Human Subjects Research Regulation
May 18 - May 19, 2012
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA

Conference: Ethics in Education in a Global Perspective
May 1-3, 2012
Pittsburgh, PA

Conference: Church and Society Commission, Conference of European Churches
Project in the field of Ethics, Science and Technology in particular Bioethics and Biotechnology
April 25-27, 2012
Brussels, Belgium

Conference: Genomics in Society: Facts, Fictions & Cultures
April 23-24, 2012
ESRC Genomics Network Conference British Library
London, England

Consortium: Second Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education
April 11-13, 2012
Paris, France


News Highlights

India’s global pharmacy role threatened by EU pact
Efforts by India and the European Union to strengthen trade are threatening India’s ability to deliver lifesaving medicines to the world’s poorest, analysts say as the two sides push through protracted negotiations on a free-trade pact. (CBS News)

Bishops Were Prepared for Battle Over Birth Control Coverage
When after much internal debate the Obama administration finally announced its decision to require religiously affiliated hospitals and universities to cover birth control in their insurance plans, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops were fully prepared for battle. (NY Times)
First mobile euthanasia unit ‘to be launched next month’
The mobile unit would be the first in the world to carry out assisted suicides when family doctors refused to give patients lethal drugs on ethical grounds. (Telegraph)
Human experiments: First, do harm
The injections came without warning or explanation. As a low-ranking soldier in the Guatemalan army in 1948, Federico Ramos was preparing for weekend leave one Friday when he was ordered to report to a clinic run by US doctors. (Nature News)

China’s surrogate mothers see business boom in year of the dragon
Two years after giving away the baby boy she’d carried for nine months, Gao cries less. His new mum treats him well, and she finds comfort in the smiling family photos uploaded online. (Guardian)
Doctors Not Always Honest With Patients, Says Survey
About 10 percent of doctors recently surveyed said they hadn’t always been honest with their patients, according to new research published in the journal Health Affairs.  (ABC News)

Genetic Parkinson’s disease brain cells made in lab
Scientists in the US have successfully made human brain cells in the lab that are an exact replica of genetically caused Parkinson’s disease. (BBC News)

College vending machine dispenses ‘morning-after’ pill
Students at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania can get the “morning-after” pill by sliding $25 into a vending machine, an idea that has drawn the attention of federal regulators and raised questions about how accessible emergency contraception should be. (MSNBC)

3D printer provides woman with a brand new jaw
An 83-year-old Belgian woman is able to chew, speak and breathe normally again after a machine printed her a new jawbone. Made from a fine titanium powder sculpted by a precision laser beam, her replacement jaw has proven as functional as her own used to be before a potent infection, called osteomyelitis, all but destroyed it (New Scientist)

Neuroscience the new face of warfare: experts
Directed energy weapons that use wave beams to cause pain, and electrical brain stimulation that boosts a soldier’s combat ability - it may sound like science fiction warfare, but experts say advances in neuroscience mean it’s on the horizon. (Reuters)

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