Expert says gene editing has ‘ethical problems’
Gene-editing Chinese scientist kept much of his work secret
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The Chinese scientist who says he helped make the world's first gene-edited babies veered off a traditional career path, keeping much of his research secret in pursuit of a larger goal — making history.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California judge on Tuesday threw out a 2016 state law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives, ruling it was unconstitutionally approved by the Legislature.
LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of mourners have gathered in Liverpool to say goodbye to Alfie Evans, the British toddler whose parents fought an unsuccessful legal battle to keep him on life support.
People applauded as the boy's funeral cortege passed the Everton Football Club stadium Monday after a private family funeral. Inside a hearse, Alfie's coffin was decorated with images of toy soldiers and the Everton logo.
NEW YORK (AP) — So you want to have a baby.
Would you like a dark-haired girl with a high risk of someday getting colon cancer, but a good chance of above-average music ability?
Or would you prefer a girl with a good prospect for high SAT scores and a good shot at being athletic, but who also is likely to run an above-average risk of bipolar disorder and lupus as an adult?
Ethicist Foresees Choosing Babies from Embryos
LONDON (AP) — To track down people in Britain who may have broken immigration rules, the government is turning to a new and controversial source of information: doctors.
Doctors who work with refugees and asylum-seekers have described the move as a major breach of medical ethics, saying it isn't up to physicians to enforce immigration rules.
In the not-too-distant future, your health insurance, your prescription drugs and some of your treatment may come from the same company.
Insurers are dropping billions of dollars on acquisitions and expansions in order to get more involved in customer health. They say this push can help cut costs and improve care, in part by keeping the sickest patients healthy and out of expensive hospitals.
Kentucky’s abortion law faces attacks in court
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's new law requiring doctors to conduct an ultrasound exam before an abortion, and then try to show fetal images to the pregnant women, came under withering attack Thursday in federal court.
"Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets" (Random House), by Luke Dittrich
In a book that will rank with Rebecca Skloot's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" in the realm of outstanding medical ethics narratives, Luke Dittrich uncovers the story of his grandfather, a neurosurgeon, and, as Dittrich writes, "one of the most prolific lobotomists in history."
Lobotomies now have been discarded as an embarrassing, morally flawed detour in...