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What did Udo Schuklenk really say about neonatal euthanasia?

The idea of using patients as organ donors if they request assisted suicide or euthanasia seems to be catching on. This is reasonably common in Belgium and in the Netherlands an official protocol is being drawn up to regulate such cases.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

Book closes on stem cell saga

Yet another stem cell dream has been shattered for ever. At a news conference yesterday, officials at Japan's prestigious RIKEN Institute announced that attempts to replicate STAP cells, or stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency cells, are over.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

The Pessimist: Editor of leading bioethics journal mourns "failure" of bioethics

"Both bioethics and medical ethics together have, in many ways, failed as fields," laments the editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, Oxford's Julian Savulescu. His diagnosis is that an illogical moralism dominates nearly all bioethical issues and that debates are conducted in philosophical darkness.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

The Optimist: I have lived in a golden age, says US bioethicist

Arthur Caplan's canter through the history of bioethics in a special 40th anniversary issue of the Journal of Medical Ethics is decidedly upbeat.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

Remembering the dark story of Peru's population control campaign

I just stumbled across a documentary about the 300,000 women and 22,000 men forcibly or deceitfully sterilised by population control officials in the government of President Alberto Fujimori in the 1990s.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

When transgender men have children

Transgender studies is a field which comes up with many surprises. An article in this month's issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology says that since most transgender men desire to have children, more attention should be paid to those who actually bear their own.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

No love, no marriage, just the baby carriage

You've heard of hook-up sites like for people who just want sex, but not marriage and kids. But you may not have heard of sites like, and for people who just want kids, but not marriage and sex.

Date posted: 2015-01-11

Psychologists criticised in CIA torture report

Two psychologists contracted by the CIA to create enhanced interrogation techniques for al-Qaeda detainees have come under fire for violating human rights and medical ethics

Date posted: 2015-01-11