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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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Secrets of Stem Cell Therapy, Its Status, Potential, and Ethical Issues You Want to Know

April 14, 2023 (LMU)

On Friday April 14th, triple board certified cardiologist, Dr. Ernst von Schwarz will give a lecture on the status, potential, and ethics of stem cell therapy. Dr. Ernst von Schwarz previously spoke at LMU on the theology and ethics of aging. To read the student article on that talk, click here.

To access the flyer, 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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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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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.


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

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Mammoth Meatball
Protestors at rally against Florida six-week abortion ban

Biden signs executive order to improve access to child care

April 18, 2023

(AP News)

President Joe Biden has signed an executive order containing more than 50 directives to increase access to child care and improve the work life of caregivers, the White House said Tuesday.

But the directives would be funded out of existing commitments, the White House said. That likely means their impact would be limited and they’d carry more of a symbolic weight about what’s possible.

Read the article here

Forbidden meatball: Genetically-engineered wooly mammoth meat illustrates future of food

April 17, 2023

(AP News)

Australian cultured meat company Vow unveiled a meatball made of wooly mammoth meat and grown entirely in a lab. But there’s a catch—no one can eat it just yet. Vow used existing information about the genetic sequencing of a mammoth, which included a key protein that gives the meat its taste, and filled in the blanks based on data from similar species (like the African elephant). The company then inserted those genes into sheep cells, and let the cells multiply until they reached a meatball-sized amount.

Read the article here. 

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signs six-week abortion ban into law

April 14, 2023

(Los Angeles Times)

Florida's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a bill banning most abortions after six weeks, paving the way for drastic changes in access to the procedure across the state.

Opponents argue six weeks is before many women know they are pregnant.

The law will not go into effect until a court rules on an ongoing legal challenge to the existing 15-week ban.

Read the article here



Below you will find bioethics events and opportunities. 


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