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CRISPR–It’s not just for the refrigerator anymore!

April 27, 2015

 image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons   by Dr. Heather Kuruvilla For most of us, “crisper” means the drawer at the bottom of the refrigerator.  But if you Google CRISPR, which stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, you will find that it is a powerful genomic editing technology.  CRISPR can be... View Article

Center Launches New Academic Journal

April 22, 2015

The Center for Bioethics is launching a new peer-reviewed academic journal, entitled Bioethics in Faith and Practice. We are excited about this new venture, which will help healthcare professionals and academics with a faith perspective to articulate their values in the pluralistic arena of medical practice. Why a new online... View Article

PGD: Eugenics Is Not Dead

April 13, 2015

by Dr. Heather Kuruvilla There is no genetically perfect person.  Every one of us carries mutations, both genetic and epigenetic, in our genomes.  In the future, we may be able to repair these defects.  Gene therapies have shown promise in treating some types of cancer, and may eventually be used... View Article

The Coming of Medical Martyrdom

March 16, 2015

Do you remember a time when folks talked about a doctor’s oath, something that dictated his or her ethics? Most don’t realize that this originally came from Hippocrates in about 400 B.C., but they assumed that healthcare was guided by professionalism and compassionate care. Today, the New Medicine is no... View Article

Remembering Spring in the Midst of Winter

March 9, 2015

Photo Courtesy  of Wikimedia Commons by Dr. Heather Kuruvilla Just days ago, much of the nation was facing wind chill advisories and subzero temperatures.  But walking around my neighborhood yesterday, I heard the sounds of rushing water as the snow melted, the song of birds, and the honking of geese.  The... View Article

Center for Bioethics Launches New Academic Journal

February 16, 2015

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons The Center for Bioethics is launching a new peer-reviewed academic journal entitled Bioethics in Faith and Practice: Exploring the Moral Dimension in Healthcare.  From the journal website:   Bioethics in Faith and Practice is a new peer-reviewed professional journal, through the Center for Bioethics at Cedarville... View Article

Is Gene Therapy Playing God?

February 9, 2015

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons   by Dr. Heather Kuruvilla It was near the end of the class period, and I was trying to explain the difference between regulating gene expression–how genes get turned on and off– and replacing genes.  “It is possible to modify gene regulation biochemically, using a... View Article

Asking the wrong question?

February 2, 2015

  (by guest blogger: Erica Graham) How do we, as a society, decide when someone is mature enough to make their own healthcare decisions?  Recently, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that 17 year old Cassandra C. must undergo chemotherapy to treat her Hodgkin’s lymphoma, even though she does not wish... View Article

Affirming Life Amid Chronic Pain

January 12, 2015

  (by Dr. Heather Kuruvilla) Roughly 100 million Americans deal with chronic pain. The statistics belie an enormous economic and personal cost. Studies indicate that chronic pain remains undertreated, and in many cases, its causes are poorly understood. There are plenty of resources online designed for chronic pain patients, their... View Article

Ezekiel Emanuel is Wrong

October 6, 2014

Physician-ethicist Ezekiel Emanuel seems to love being at the center of controversy. One of the architects of Affordable Care Act, he is director of Clinical Bioethics at the NIH and chairs the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at U Penn. He has frequently (and often unfairly) been criticized... View Article