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The Ethics of Abortive Vaccines

November 1, 2017

(By guest blogger Caleb VanDyke) Cedarville PharmD student Stephanie Cailor has been studying research from India with some disturbing ethical implications. At the recent LifeTech conference here at Cedarville, she described how a vaccine under development might serve as a form of contraception, with the goal of controlling India’s overpopulation problem.... View Article

Editing Humanity: The Ships are Burning

August 1, 2017

In 1519, Captain Hernán Cortés and his Spanish conquistadors conquered the Aztecs and claimed Mexico for Spain. Legend reports that he ordered all the ships burned, so that his men would have to conquer or die trying. In reality, he merely scuttled the ships, making them unusable, but “burning the... View Article

The Plot Thickens: Newest PP Video is Revealing

July 21, 2015

The Center for Medical Progress has released its second video in a three-year investigative series into the actions of Planned Parenthood (PPFA) and the marketing of fetal body parts. Secretly recorded last February, two supposed research company purchasers talk with Dr. Mary Gatter, a senior PPFA official (CMP Video). The... View Article

Cold Buckets and Wet Blankets

September 5, 2014

As many of you know, the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” has gone viral. Folks all over the world are dumping ice water on their heads to raise awareness and money to fight Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). This is a neurodegenerative disease of unknown cause that leads to progressive muscle paralysis.... View Article

Proposed Ban on Human Cloning and Animal-Human Hybrids

November 7, 2013

State Representative Andy Thompson of 95th District in Ohio has just introduced H.B. 308, a ban on the practice of human cloning and on the laboratory creation of animal-human hybrids. This will actually be the third recent attempt to pass such legislation, with two previous tries held up in various... View Article

Bizarre Episode Raises Questions About Research Ethics

August 6, 2012

Two prominent neurosurgeons at UC Davis Medical Center reportedly performed a bizarre experiment on three terminally ill patients last fall. According to an ABC News article from July 27, 2012 (cited below), Dr. J. Paul Muizelaar and Dr. Rudolph J. Schrot injected live bacteria into the head wounds of three patients.... View Article

Does Ethics Apply in a Petri Dish?

February 1, 2012

By Center for Bioethics Fellow Dr. Heather Kuruvilla: Most people think of cell biologists as bench scientists who grow things in little dishes. As a university professor training future cell biologists, I wondered about my students’ perceptions of the need for an ethical framework. I asked my advanced students for... View Article

Continued Progress with Adult Stem Cells

October 10, 2011

By Center for Bioethics Fellow Dr. Heather Kuruvilla. A recent update reminds us that applications of adult stem cells to treat human diseases continue to progress. Cellerix is a biotechnology company that has adult stem cells in various stages of human testing. This means we may see new therapies on... View Article

The British Cord Blood Dilemma

April 21, 2009

It’s ironic that the United Kingdom, one of the countries on the forefront of new biomedical research, (including embryo-destructive stem cell research), has no organized system for utilizing one of the best sources of stems cells: umbilical cord blood. Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, the wife of Britain’s Liberal Democrat leader Nick... View Article

Shifting Standards in International Research Ethics

January 20, 2009

The Declaration of Helsinki has long been regarded as the leading international standard on human research ethics. Drafted in 1964, the Declaration upholds basic patient rights and governs the business practices of clinical researchers. In spite of the Declaration’s widely accepted ethical authority, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration terminated... View Article