Bioethics Blogs

Ethics & Society Newsfeed: February 5, 2016

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UnitedHealth Medicare plan must cover U.S. sex reassignment surgery
A U.S. government panel has ruled that a privately run Medicare plan must cover sex reassignment surgery for a Texas transgender woman, a decision her attorney says was the first of its kind.

New wearable sensor can collect data from sweat
For the first time, a flexible, wearable sensor can collect data about multiple chemicals in body sweat.

Drug shortages forcing hard decisions on rationing treatments
Such shortages are the new normal in American medicine. But the rationing that results has been largely hidden from patients and the public.

Academics want you to read their work for free
Publishing an open-access paper in a journal can be prohibitively expensive. Some researchers are drumming up support for a movement to change that.

“Internet of things” security is hilariously broken and getting worse
Shodan search engine is only the latest reminder of why we need to fix IoT security.


New rules on genetic modification in Britain:

A controversial experiment in Britain is reopening the debate over genetic enhancement
Britain just gave a team of scientists the all-clear to proceed with research that involves genetically modifying human embryos.

Early gene editing on human embryos to treat disease, not create “designer babies”
David Warmflash describes the science behind the recent British decision to enable genetic modification of embryos.


Zika epidemic:

Short answers to hard questions about Zika virus
A basic primer on what Zika is and the dangers it poses.

With Zika, ethical and medical questions – and few answers
The foundation of modern bioethics mandates a duty to protect, and in this case, it’s unborn children who need help.

The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.