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a resource of the Bioethics Institute of Loyola Marymount University



The Bioethics Hub is a resource for healthcare providers, bioethicists, scholars, and students in Southern California and beyond. There are academic articles, interviews with bioethicists, links to ethics-related news items, and local bioethics events.

This site is managed by the Bioethics Institute at Loyola Marymount University.

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Advance Directives and Dementia Care

April 25, 2023 (LMU)

Over the last decade, there have been several controversial cases involving the authority of advance directives for persons with dementia, relating to voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED) and euthanasia. At play are fundamental questions of who are and how we can respect human dignity. These cases highlight the need for a greater discussion surrounding care for persons with dementia, as we face an aging population.

To read more, click here

Rethinking Social Solidarity in a Global Context: Bioethics and Human Rights

March 21, 2023 (LMU)

On Tuesday March 21, esteemed bioethicist and international scholar, Dr. Henk ten Have gave a lecture to students, faculty, and the LMU community on social solidarity, vulnerability, and human rights in a global context. Following the lecture, he, along with Professor Roberto Dell'Oro, answered questions from the audience.

To read more about the lecture, click here.

Professor Roberto Dell'Oro appointed as Ordinary Member of Pontifical Academy for Life, Meets Pope Francis 

February 2, 2023 (LMU)

In February, Dr. Dell'Oro had the honor of meeting with the Pope following his appointment as an Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. 

To read more, click here.

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How genetically modified pigs could end the shortage of organs for transplants

February 29, 2023


It's a crisp, clear winter day as I drive down a winding two-lane road through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwest Virginia and turn onto an unmarked gravel driveway.

At the end of the drive, I meet David Ayares, who runs Revivicor Inc., a biotech company based in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Ayares has invited me to be the first journalist to tour the company's research farm, which is on the forefront of trying to realize a long-sought goal: using cloned farm animals to provide kidneys, hearts, livers and other organs to save thousands of people who need transplants.

Read the article here

U.S. launches probe into possible fraud by organ collection groups

February 26, 2023

(Washington Post)

Federal authorities have launched a wide-ranging investigation of the nonprofit organizations that collect organs for transplant in the United States, according to six people familiar with the inquiry, which seeks to determine whether any of the groups have been defrauding the government.

Read the article here.

Alabama’s frozen embryo ruling is having its first effects. Here’s what to know

February 22, 2023

(AP News)

The Alabama Supreme Court recently ruled that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, raising concerns about how the decision could affect in vitro fertilization, commonly known as IVF.

The decision issued in wrongful death cases brought by couples who had frozen embryos destroyed in an accident could potentially leave clinics vulnerable to lawsuits and restrict access to treatment.

Read the article here. 



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