--Stanford med students hone their storytelling skills under the stars
This piece highlights the first storytelling camping retreat for medical students sponsored by the Medicine and the Muse program at Stanford. Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System and director of Stanford’s Medicine & the Muse Program, is mentioned here.
Good Magazine, 10/11/16
--Your baby, no sex required
In this Q&A, Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, highlights his most recent book, The End of Sex and the Future of Reproduction.
Future of You (KQED), 10/18/16
--What stem cell researchers talk about when they talk about ethics
Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, provides comment in this story on the ethics of stem cell research.
--Stanford medical student illustrates mnemonics
In this Q&A, second-year medical student Nick Love discusses a set of illustrated mnemonics he has created to give students a more entertaining way to memorize anatomy. Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System and director of Stanford’s Medicine & the Muse Program, and Sam Rodriguez, clinical assistant professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine, are referenced here.
Associated Press, 09/27/16
--Baby born with DNA from 3 people, first from new technique
A baby was born with DNA from three people — an egg donor, mother and father — to prevent the child from inheriting a fatal genetic disease from the mother. Hank Greely, with the Center for Biomedical Ethics, is quoted here and in an article from New York Post.
--Are Swedish designer babies coming soon?
Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, provides comment in this piece on editing the DNA of human embryos.
Scientific American, 08/01/16
--Naturally occurring high testosterone shouldn't keep female athletes out of competition
This editorial argues how it is unscientific and unfair to bar female athletes with elevated testosterone from competition. Katrina Karkazis, a senior research scholar in the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, is quoted here.
New York Times Magazine, 07/03/16
--The humiliating practice of sex testing female athletes
This piece discusses sex-testing policies used by sports governing organizations and highlights the story of Dutee Chand, an Indian track star who refused to alter her body with hormone-suppressing drugs. Last year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that female track and field athletes no longer need to have their natural testosterone levels below a certain threshold to compete in international events. Katrina Karkazis, senior research scholar in the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, was closely involved with the case and is quoted here.
STAT News, 07/05/16
--It's been 20 years since Dolly. Where's my clone?
It's been 20 years since Dolly the sheep became the first animal to be cloned from an adult of its species. Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, provides comment in this article.
Associated Press, 07/08/16
--Court battle: Toddler on life support who choked on popcorn
Parents of a two-year-old girl that is suspected to be brain-dead are fighting in court to keep her on life support. David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Professor and director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, provides comment in this article.
--BYOB: Stanford professor’s new book predicts the ‘End of Sex’
Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, has a new book called The End of Sex and the Future of Reproduction, which is previewed here.
Los Angeles Times, 07/22/16
--Should we pay women to donate their eggs for research? No, and here's why.
This piece explores the debate over whether or not women should be paid to donate their eggs for scientific research. David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Professor and director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (SCBE), and Mildred Cho, professor of pediatrics and of medicine and associate director of the SCBE, are mentioned here.
New Scientist, 06/15/16
--Perfect people: how tomorrow’s children will make babies
Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, has a book called The End of Sex and the Future of Reproduction, which is previewed here.
STAT News, 05/04/16
--New advances in growing human embryos could prompt ethical firestorm
Research teams from Rockefeller University and the University of Cambridge have developed embryos in a lab for two weeks, hoping to bring advancements to stem-cell therapeis and assisted reproduction. Henry Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, who was not part of the research is quoted here and in an article on Sky News.
Washington Post, 05/06/16
--‘God is telling me not to let go’: a mother fights to keep her two-year-old on life support
A mother of a two-year-old boy that was pronounced brain-dead is fighting in U.S. District Court to keep him on life support. David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Professor and director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, provides comment about brain-death diagnosis in this article.
Stanford Medicine News Center, 05/17/16
--The School of Medicine has announced the winners of the annual Anne G. Crowe Spirit Award and Inspiring Change Leadership Award.
Tacy Framhein and Charlene Rotandi have been named winners of the Anne G. Crowe Spirit Award, and Teresa Burk and Jacqueline Genovese received the Inspiring Change Leadership Award.
--Writer Anne Lamott headlines annual Medicine & Muse showcase
Medicine & the Muse, an annual event that celebrates art and medicine, took place last Thursday. This post includes highlights from the conversation between author Anne Lamott and Paul Costello, chief communications officer for the School of Medicine.
--Episode 51: Parrots and the Law
Check out this podcast with Writer-in-Residence, Laurel Braitman, on Another Round with Heben and Tracy as she talks about parrots and the law.
--Using arts and communication to help physicians improve health, avoid suicide
"Doctors and soldiers are not often superhuman, but we often expect them to be. I tell the doctors, 'That's a white coat, not a cape you wear.' " The words of medical humanities scholar Jacqueline Genovese. She recently co-authored a paper that highlighted the importance of providing ways to help improve physician well-being and prevent burn-out.
This American Life, 03/11/16
--When the Beasts Come Marching In
Check out Writer-in-Residence Laurel Braitman's press release contribution to this week’s story on This American Life. Actor Michael Chernus read the press release on the death of one of America’s most notorious outlaws.
--Cautious green light for CRISPR use in embryos in the U.K.; Stanford's Hank Greely weighs in
Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, provided analysis of the recent decision by the British Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in the U.K. to permit the limited use of CRISPR in human embryos.
--In Embryo Research We Need Laws First, Then Science
This piece, published in Time, written by David Magnus, director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and Nicole Martinez, lecturer and fellow at Stanford University, discusses how the U.S. must improve its regulation of reproductive technologies.
--SPECIAL SERIES: IS SILICON VALLEY BIRTHING THE NEXT PRO-LIFERS?
The final installment in a five-part OZY series exploring the Big Ideas shaping our tech-driven future. Christopher Thomas Scott, PhD, of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, is quoted in this article.
San Jose Mercury News, 01/11/16
--Bay Area biologist's gene-editing kit lets do-it-yourselfers play God at the kitchen table
This article discusses a DIY gene-editing kit that can be purchased by consumers for $120. David Relman and Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, provide comment.
Fast Company, 01/13/16
--Due to this obscure loophole, some medical tests avoid oversight
The Food and Drug Administration does not currently regulate lab-developed tests, or medical tests that are designed and administered in a single laboratory, but it may expand its overview in coming months. Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, is quoted here.
KQED (NPR), 01/15/16
--CRISPR patent war: Billions at stake for UC Berkeley
UC Berkeley and the Broad Institute are vying to hold the patent for CRISPR-Cas9, the powerful gene editing tool. Mildred Cho, professor of pediatrics and of medicine and associate director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, is quoted here.
--Pets on Prozac: Dogs Take Medication to Help with Separation Anxiety
Watch Pets on Prozac: Dogs Take Meds to Help with Anxiety featuring Laurel Braitman.
--Move over Fitbit: Sweat-sensing bracelet could be next wearable tech
In the wake of UC Berkeley’s press release that a lab has succeeded in developing a continuous sweat monitoring wearable device, Karola Kreitmair urges caution that over-reliance on this technology may be undesirable.
--ADOLESCENT INEQUALITY IN THE REALM OF HEALTHCARE
Although adolescents are protected by several confidentiality laws in the area of reproductive health, inequities between adolescent and adult healthcare rights remain significant. David Magnus, director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics is quoted in this article.