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30.04.2020 - 14:48 [ Ms. Magazine ]

A Novel Future: The Pandemic Reveals Alarming Parallels Between Gilead and U.S.

(14.04.2020)

Already plenty has been written about the Orwellian qualities of the totalitarian controls and constraints being placed on people across the globe by regimes both authoritarian and democratic in the name of containing the COVID-19 pandemic.

26.02.2020 - 22:01 [ BBC ]

Germany overturns ban on professionally assisted suicide

(today)

The court backed complaints by a group of terminally ill patients and doctors who challenged the law that made „commercial promotion of assisted suicide“ a criminal offence.

Assisted dying had been legal.

26.02.2020 - 21:31 [ BBC ]

Blair to tackle ‚menace‘ children

(31. August 2006)

And one think tank suggested it was almost „genetic determinism“ to suggest children could turn out to be troublemakers before they were born.

Mr Blair told BBC News his government had made „massive progress“ in tackling social exclusion but there was a group of people with multiple problems.

There had to be intervention „pre-birth even“, he said.

Families with drug and alcohol problems were being identified too late, said Mr Blair.

26.02.2020 - 21:16 [ Time.com ]

Belgium Extends Euthanasia Law to Kids

(13.02.2014)

She has come across children as young as eight who have articulated an understanding of their situation, but doctors expect the most likely cases would involve adolescents.

While assisted suicide is permitted under certain conditions in Switzerland, Germany and parts of the United States, only Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands allow doctors to take steps to actively end a patient’s life, usually by administering an overdose of sedatives. In Luxembourg, that patient must be over 18, while in The Netherlands children can request euthanasia from the age of 12.

26.02.2020 - 21:05 [ BMJ.com ]

Medical Assistance in Dying at a paediatric hospital

(21.09.2018)

While MAID is currently available to capable patients in Canada who are 18 years or older—a small but important subsection of the population our hospital serves—we write our policy with an eye to the near future when capable young people may gain access to MAID. We propose that an opportunity exists for MAID-providing institutions to reduce social stigma surrounding this practice, but not without potentially serious consequences for practitioners and institutions themselves. Thus, this paper is intended as a road map through the still-emerging legal and ethical landscape of paediatric MAID.

26.02.2020 - 20:53 [ ChristianPost.com ]

Canadian Hospital Unveils Assisted Suicide Plans for Kids, Parents Won’t Know Until Child Is Dead

(13.10.2018)

„Usually, the family is intimately involved in this (end-of-life) decision-making process. If, however, a capable patient explicitly indicates that they do not want their family members involved in their decision-making, although health care providers may encourage the patient to reconsider and involve their family, ultimately the wishes of capable patients with respect to confidentiality must be respected,“ said pediatric doctors at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, administrators and ethicists in a Sept. 21 paper published in the British Medical Journal’s J Medical Ethics.

26.02.2020 - 20:45 [ CatholicNewsAgency.com ]

How assisted suicide discriminates against the poor and disabled

(28.02.2017)

However, groups like Compassion and Choices and Death with Dignity are pushing for these laws to be introduced in state legislatures. And if legalized, physician-assisted suicide could prove especially dangerous to vulnerable populations like the poor, the elderly, and the disabled whose health care costs are seen by some as burdensome.

04.12.2019 - 16:21 [ MIT Technology Review ]

China’s CRISPR babies: Read exclusive excerpts from the unseen original research

He Jiankui’s manuscript shows how he ignored ethical and scientific norms in creating the gene-edited twins Lulu and Nana.

04.12.2019 - 16:16 [ South China Morning Post ]

Gene-edited babies: Chinese scientist He Jiankui ‘may have created unintended mutations’

Despite biophysicist’s claims, team failed to reproduce changes to make twin girls HIV immune, excerpts from manuscript show
Birth of gene-edited babies Lula and Nana sent shock waves through scientific world in 2018

02.08.2019 - 15:10 [ theCut.com ]

The Epstein Case: What Ever Happened to the Mysterious Nobel Prize Sperm Bank?

Wait — what?

While it sounds like something out of the movie Gattaca, the “Nobel Prize Sperm Bank” really was operational for 20 years, from 1979 to 1999, and based in Escondido, California. It was founded by the multimillionaire optometrist and inventor Robert Graham, an admirer of eugenics who believed the human race was getting progressively dumber and that the only way to stop it was by filling the world with the genetic descendants of Nobel Prize winners.

02.08.2019 - 14:59 [ New York Times ]

Jeffrey Epstein Hoped to Seed Human Race With His DNA

Mr. Epstein’s vision reflected his longstanding fascination with what has become known as transhumanism: the science of improving the human population through technologies like genetic engineering and artificial intelligence. Critics have likened transhumanism to a modern-day version of eugenics, the discredited field of improving the human race through controlled breeding.

12.04.2016 - 13:45 [ TechinAsia ]

Chinese scientists are changing what it means to be human. We need to think about the downsides.

Still, this experiment and last year’s are a proof of concept: CRISPR could be used to introduce desired genetic mutations into a human embryo. And if that embryo was viable and was implanted into a uterus and carried to term, the resulting child would be something out of science fiction: a genetically-enhanced human being.

08.07.2013 - 05:53 [ thestar.com ]

U.K. may allow IVF technique to create babies with DNA from 3 people

Britain may allow a controversial technique to create babies using DNA from three people, a move that would help couples avoid passing on rare genetic diseases, the country’s top medical officer says.

28.06.2013 - 06:32 [ Newsday ]

UK may OK creating babies with DNA from 3 people

Britain may allow a controversial technique to create babies using DNA from three people, a move that would help couples avoid passing on rare genetic diseases, the country’s top medical officer says.

20.03.2013 - 17:19 [ Daily Mail ]

Plans for three-parent IVF babies a step closer after fertility watchdog gives the go-ahead

But critics have labelled it ‘Frankenscience’, with unknown side effects

20.03.2013 - 17:17 [ Telegraph ]

Britain on course for ‚three parent babies‘

Britain is on course to become the first country in the world to legalise the creation of IVF babies with three biological „parents“

20.03.2013 - 17:16 [ Seattle Times ]

UK: Public OK with creating babies from 3 people

Britain’s fertility regulator says it has found broad public support for in vitro fertilization techniques that allow babies to be created with DNA from three people