Healthline News, 08/28/15
--The changing definition of what Is ‘brain dead’
This story explores the current definition of 'brain dead' and whether or not this definition needs to change. David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Professor in Medicine and Biomedical Ethics and professor of medicine, is quoted in this article.
San Jose Mercury News, 08/08/15
--Designing life from scratch: A fledgling field is about to take off
Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and director of the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences, provides comment in this article on commercial gene synthesis.
San Francisco Chronicle, 08/05/15
--Stanford bioethicist fights gender tests for female athletes
The Court of Arbitration for Sport recently 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 profiled here. She spent a year of her life helping secure the win for Dutee Chand, the Indian track star who refused to alter her body with hormone-suppressing drugs.
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Stanford-bioethicist-fights-gender-tests-for-6425161.php (subscription required; for a copy of the article, please e-mail: email@example.com)
New York Times, 07/28/15
--Dutee Chand, female sprinter with high testosterone level, wins right to compete
Female track and field athletes no longer need to have their natural testosterone levels below a certain threshold to compete in international events, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled Monday. Katrina Karkazis, a senior research scholar in the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, was closely involved with the case and is quoted in this article and in pieces from ESPN.com, The Citizen (India) and Scope.
--The genesis engine
This piece highlights the gene-editing system known as CRISPR. Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, provides comment.
Forum (KQED-FM), 07/17/15
One divorced San Francisco couple's fight over the fate of frozen embryos could set a legal precedent in California for how to deal with fertility technology. This segment discussed the latest developments in the trial and how it could impact future cases. David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Chair and Professor and director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, was a guest.
Orange County Register, 07/15/15
--Video of Planned Parenthood executive discussing tissue, organ prices sparks abortion firestorm
The donation of fetal tissues raises questions about choices of abortion techniques that allow physicians to remove intact organs. David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Chair and Professor and director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, is quoted in this article.
--Physician writers share a "global perspective on healing"
This post offers highlights “Medicine Around the World: Healing from a Global Perspective” - an event sponsored by Stanford’s Medicine and the Muse program and the Pegasus Physician Writers group.
San Francisco Chronicle, 07/12/15
--Battle over S.F. couple’s frozen embryos heads to court
A case being heard today in San Francisco Superior Court could set a precedent on what happens to frozen embryos in California when one person in a divorce wants them destroyed and the other one doesn’t. David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Chair and Professor and director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, provides comment in this article.
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Battle-over-S-F-couple-s-frozen-embryos-heads-6379664.php (subscription required; for a copy of the article, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
--What remains unsaid about assisted suicide
Physician-assisted suicide is illegal in all but five states, but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen in the rest. This KQED piece looks at the gray areas of assisted suicide and quotes David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Chair and Professor and director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics.
Scientific American, 06/29/15
--U.S. Congress moves to block human embryo editing
The U.S. House of Representatives has proposed legislation that could potentially halt progress on studies to alter genetic material of embryos. The 2016 spending bill from Congress would prevent the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from conducting trials on embryo editing by eliminating funds for this type of research. Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, provides comment in this Nature magazine article.
--After Haiyan: Stanford med student makes film about post-typhoon Philippines
Michael Nedelman, a filmmaker and medical student, produced a film about access to health care following the 2013 typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. He discusses his work in this Q&A.
San Francisco Chronicle, 06/25/15
--U.S. Supreme Court upholds federal health-care law
Millions of Americans can keep their subsidized health care, following the Supreme Court’s monumental ruling on the Affordable Care Act Thursday. The court ruled 6-3 that subsidies available through federal insurance exchanges are legal. David Studdert, professor of medicine and of law, is quoted in this article. A Scope post highlights comments on the ruling from Stanford experts, including Studdert; Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and director of the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences (he also shares a longer piece in a separate Scope post); Laurence Baker, professor of health research and policy; Jay Bhattacharya, professor of medicine and a member of the Stanford Center for Health Policy/Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research; and Michelle Mello, professor of law and of health research and policy.
San Jose Mercury News, 6/21/15
--California bill gives terminally ill patients Right To Try experimental drugs
The California Legislature is considering several bills that would give terminal patients the opportunity to try experimental drugs. This article quotes David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Chair and Professor in Medicine and Biomedical Ethics and director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics.
Washington Post, 06/18/15
--Genetic analysis says Kennewick Man is Native American after all
A new genetic analysis of an 8,500-year-old skeleton found in Washington in 1996 — long the subject of controversy — suggests the man was an ancestor of present-day Native Americans. The research was led by scientists from the University of Copenhagen and by Stanford postdoctoral research fellow Morten Rasmussen, who worked with Carlos Bustamante, professor of genetics. Rasmussen is quoted in articles by CBS News, Discovery News, Forbes, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, Popular Archaeology, Reuters and Smithsonian.com and in a Stanford Medicine press release. Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, is quoted in articles from Nature News and The Scientist.
--The government has no backup plan if court rules against Obamacare
If the Supreme Court rules against the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans could lose their insurance. This article quotes Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics.
--Brain implant trials raise ethical concerns
Investigators have developed therapies for depression, Parkinson's disease and other conditions that rely on electrodes sending signals into the brain. Implanting devices in the brain poses special ethical challenges, says Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics.