The Bioethics Brief

Bioethics Society at the University of Virginia

Hello everyone!

Please join us in welcoming Alex Reigel and Lauren Swinson as our new Outreach Chairs! If you're interested in being more active in the Bioethics Society, keep an eye out for our upcoming General Body Meeting, where you will have a chance to join a committee!


Volunteer Interest Survey

Hello everyone, I hope your week is starting off great. We are currently looking for opinions on a volunteer project we are working on setting up! The survey should only take 2-3 minutes to gauge interest on a program at the Hospice of the Piedmont.

Bioethics in the News

Professor James Childress on the Ethics of ‘Three-Parent Babies’

Mitochondrial DNA transfers have now breached reproductive ethics with the flashy title of the 'three-parent baby'. These children, once born, would have such a scarce amount of the third person's DNA it may seem irrelevant, however altering DNA can have huge implications for future generations. To avoid this issue, Dr. James Childress speaks about restricting the procedure to only male embryos to avoid passing on the mitochondrial DNA to the following generation.

Do you think this is a decent solution? Do you think that genetic engineering will lead to a slippery slope of a Gattica-esque future? Should DNA be exchanged or shared between more than two biological parents? What implications does this have for reproductive rights (provided they exist)? Should this be available for all populations, or only high risk? Should we allow patients of IVF to engage in this in a prophylactic manner even if they show little risk? Is this a significant disruption in the Natural Order that you find problematic? Since we do not know the long term effects of these procedures, are we comfortable performing these procedures on individuals that cannot consent?

Let us know on Facebook and your comments may appear in the next edition of the Bioethics Brief!

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Events Around Grounds

The Widening Disorder in the Middle East and North Africa: What are the Security and Health Implications of the Burgeoning Human Crisis?

Monday, Feb. 8th, 1-2pm

Great Hall, Garrett Hall

J. Stephen Morrison, is a Senior Vice President at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, (CSIS) and Director of its Center for Global Health Policy. Dr. Morrison writes widely, has directed several high-level commissions, and is a frequent commentator on U.S. foreign policy, global health, Africa, and foreign assistance. He served in the Clinton administration, as committee staff in the House of Representatives, and taught for 12 years at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin and is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale College. Check out reading and background info materials.

Medical Center Hour/Patients with Passports: Ethical and Legal Issues in Medical Tourism

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 12:30-1:30pm

Jordan Hall Conference Center Auditorium

Speaker: I. Glenn Cohen JD, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA co-presented with the Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life.

American Medical Student Association Fundraiser

Saturday, Feb. 13th, 5-9pm

1331 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Hungry? Need a place for Valentine’s weekend? Then look no further; the American Medical Student Association is hosting a fundraising event at Fig Bistro. Simply drop off your receipt in the donation box at the front of the restaurant, and a portion of the meal will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. You can RSVP here and call in for times.

What do you think?

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