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a resource of the Bioethics Institute of Loyola Marymount University

THE BIOETHICS HUB

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 A Patient Takes Center Stage: The Ethical Implications of Personal Narrative

April 7, 2022 (LMU)

Join us at the LMU Bioethics Spring Lecture. Jaz Gray, a narrative researcher and assistant professor of communication at Pepperdine University, will be our guest speaker. This event will take place at the LMU Hilton Center on Thursday April 7, at 7pm. 

Click here to view webpage and lecture recording 

DNA Tests, Our Identity Exposed

April 13, 2022 (LMU)

DNA tests have become a fad. It is intriguing to discovery aspects of ourselves that may give us clues into our heritage. However, what is the cost of freely giving our genetic information. Are we losing what little privacy we have left? Bioethics graduate student Flavius Rusu addresses ethical concerns amid the growing genome industry. 

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2022 Bioethics Graduate Student Symposium

February 25, 2022 (LMU)

The symposium is an opportunity for our second-year graduate students in Bioethics to present their recent work for discussion. 

 

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SPOTLIGHT

This section features interviews with and narratives of Southern California bioethicists as well as students and faculty of the LMU Bioethics Institute. 

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NATIONAL AND GLOBAL BIOETHICS NEWS, SCHOLARSHIP, AND ISSUES 

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The Observatory  is a monthly collection of special reports and news based on the latest biomedical and biotechnological research findings from the top medical and scientific journals.

BIOETHICS IN ACADEMIC LITERATURE

The Johns Hopkins weekly roundup is a compilation of bioethical research in global academic literature.

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For mRNA, Covid Vaccines Are Just the Beginning

April 18, 2022

(Wired)

Traditional vaccines train the immune system by introducing it to harmless versions of whole viruses—the body learns to recognize the virus’s key features, such as SARS-CoV-2’s infamous spike protein. These new mRNA vaccines found a more elegant way to achieve the same goal, using messenger RNA—a genetic molecule found throughout nature that’s used to transmit information within and between cells—to provide the body with a set of instructions on how to make the spike protein itself, essentially borrowing the body’s internal machinery and turning it into a photocopier.

Read the article here

Biotech firm announces results from first US trial of genetically modified mosquitoes

April 18, 2022

(Nature)

Researchers have completed the first open-air study of genetically engineered mosquitoes in the United States. The results, according to the biotechnology firm running the experiment, are positive. But larger tests are still needed to determine whether the insects can achieve the ultimate goal of suppressing a wild population of potentially virus-carrying mosquitoes.

Read the article here

How facial recognition is identifying the dead in Ukraine

April 13, 2022

(BBC)

 

Last month a controversial facial recognition company, Clearview AI, announced it had given its technology to the Ukrainian government. The BBC has been given evidence of how it is being used - in more than a thousand cases - to identify both the living and the dead.

Read the article here

 

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Below you will find bioethics events and opportunities. 

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