Opinion: Develop Organoids, Not Chimeras, for Transplantation
Opinion: Develop Organoids, Not Chimeras, for Transplantation
Scientists are devising human-animal hybrids for harvesting human organs, but lab-derived mini-organs are a less ethically fraught solution to meeting the need for transplantation.
Opinion: Develop Organoids, Not Chimeras, for Transplantation
Opinion: Develop Organoids, Not Chimeras, for Transplantation

Scientists are devising human-animal hybrids for harvesting human organs, but lab-derived mini-organs are a less ethically fraught solution to meeting the need for transplantation.

Scientists are devising human-animal hybrids for harvesting human organs, but lab-derived mini-organs are a less ethically fraught solution to meeting the need for transplantation.

bioethics
Academia to FBI on Monitoring Chinese Scientists: “Tread Carefully”
Academia to FBI on Monitoring Chinese Scientists: “Tread Carefully”
Jef Akst | Aug 12, 2019
Nearly two dozen higher education groups warn the government to be cautious when advising US research universities to keep an eye on students and faculty with ties to certain Chinese institutions.
Survey of Stem Cell Clinics Reveals Cause for Concern
Survey of Stem Cell Clinics Reveals Cause for Concern
Jef Akst | Aug 1, 2019
Two coauthors of a new study discuss their findings about nearly 170 facilities in the southwestern US selling unproven therapies—and what should be done about them.
Pioneer in Bioethics Daniel Callahan Dies
Pioneer in Bioethics Daniel Callahan Dies
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 22, 2019
He was the cofounder of the Hastings Center and wrote nearly 50 books on topics including abortion, aging, and medical progress.
French Scientists Accuse National Institute of Discrimination
French Scientists Accuse National Institute of Discrimination
Christina Reed | Jul 22, 2019
For years, a committee at CNRS has bucked the recommendations of its researchers to hire two social scientists, and colleagues conclude that prejudice is at play.
US Senators Call for International Guidelines for Germline Editing
US Senators Call for International Guidelines for Germline Editing
Jef Akst | Jul 16, 2019
In the wake of reports of CRISPRed babies born in China, a bipartisan resolution “opposes the experiments that resulted in pregnancies using genome-edited human embryos.”
Opinion: Test Brain-Reviving Technology in Infants First
Opinion: Test Brain-Reviving Technology in Infants First
John D. Loike, Alan Kadish | Jul 9, 2019
If a system tested in decapitated pigs ever gets to human clinical trials, neuroscientific and ethical reasons point to testing babies before adults.
Fertility Clinics Sought Advice from Scientist Who CRISPRed Babies
Fertility Clinics Sought Advice from Scientist Who CRISPRed Babies
Chia-Yi Hou | May 29, 2019
Emails reveal that a facility in Dubai and others have asked geneticist He Jiankui for help in gene-editing embryos.
Lawmakers Push NIH to Reduce Nonhuman Primate Research
Lawmakers Push NIH to Reduce Nonhuman Primate Research
Chia-Yi Hou | May 10, 2019
A spending bill approved by a House committee would require the agency to “accelerate” the replacement of nonhuman primates in laboratories starting in October.
Opinion: How to Define Life
Opinion: How to Define Life
John D. Loike, Robert Pollack | May 2, 2019
As artificial life forms become more sophisticated, we propose a simple list of criteria to determine whether synthetic biological organisms and robots are living beings.