In the news – 10.30.11

Oct 30, 2011 | Labs Blog

In what has been referred to as “an unbelievable setback for bio-medical research in the area of stem cells,” the European Union’s top court has banned embryonic stem cell patents.

A federal advisory committee has recommended routine HPV vaccination for boys ages 11 and 12.

The New York Times reports venture capitalists put money on easing medical device rules.

One bioethicist argues that we are morally obligated to participate in research.

So called “personhood amendments” seek to declare a fertilized human egg to be a legal person, thereby making abortion and some forms of birth control murder.  As proposed in Mississippi, such an amendment would “ban virtually all abortions, including those resulting from rape or incest. It would bar some birth control methods, including IUDs and ‘morning-after pills,’ which prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus. It would also outlaw the destruction of embryos created in laboratories.”

– Kim Child