In the News April 2014
--“Drastic, unnecessary and irreversible medical interventions” imposed upon some female athletes
Four female athletes were coerced into “partial clitorectomies” and gonadectomies (removal of gonads) as a result of the current gender-policing polices of major sports governing bodies, according to an article published this week in the British Medical Journal. The article was co-written by Katrina Karkazis, senior research scholar at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics.
--Medical students and author Khaled Hosseini share their muse with Stanford community
This blog entry provides a recap of Stanford’s annual Medicine and the Muse symposium, which brought together medical student art, music, photography and literature in a series of performances and exhibits, and featured a talk with bestselling author Khaled Hosseini.
MIT Technology Review, May/June 2014
--10 breakthrough technologies
This issue highlights the 10 most important technology milestones of the past year; brain mapping is included. Karl Deisseroth, the D.H Chen Professor, professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is featured for pioneering the technique CLARITY, which can convert biological systems into a fully transparent form, allowing researchers to visualize and study the brain's 3-D structure and circuitry using standard molecular probes. The piece also lists genome editing as one of the top breakthroughs; Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, provides comment.