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In the News 2015

May

Yahoo News, 05/22/15
--Testosterone rules for women athletes are unfair, researchers argue
Authors of a commentary in Science argue that testosterone levels shouldn’t be used to determine who is and isn’t a female athlete. Katrina Karkazis, senior research scholar at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and lead author of the paper, is quoted here and in articles from BuzzFeed and Popular Science.
http://news.yahoo.com/testosterone-rules-women-athletes-unfair-researchers-argue-145325736.html
http://www.buzzfeed.com/azeenghorayshi/testosterone-and-female-athletes
http://www.popsci.com/scientists-still-trying-figure-out-what-female-athlete

Al Jazeera America, 05/08/15
--Bioethicist: Privacy a worry in genomic research 
This Q&A with Christopher Thomas Scott, director of the Program on Stem Cells in Society, senior research scholar of pediatrics and of biomedical ethics, focuses on the quest to defeat aging. 
http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/fault-lines/articles/2015/5/8/bioethicist-privacy-a-worry-in-genomic-research.html

US News & World Report, 05/07/15
--Talking to the doctor about treatment harms
Conversations between doctor and patient about how treatment could possibly lead to the patient's harm or even death rarely happen, according to research. David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Professor and director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics (SCBE) , is quoted in this article. 
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2015/05/07/talking-to-the-doctor-about-treatment-harms

Scope, 05/06/15
--Stanford panel: Big issues will loom when everyone has their genomic sequence on a thumb drive 
The cost and timing of genetic sequencing has dropped significantly in recent years, raising many questions. This entry highlights a panel discussion titled "Genetic privacy: The right (not) to know" as part of an Alumni Day event. Panelists included Mildred Cho, professor of pediatrics and associate director of the SCBE; Hank Greely, with the SCBE and director of the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences; and Michael Snyder, the Stanford W. Ascherman Professor, chair of the Department of Genetics, and director of the Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine at Stanford.
http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2015/05/06/stanford-panel-big-issues-will-loom-when-everyone-has-their-genomic-sequence-on-a-thumb-drive/

Vox, 05/04/15
--A guide to CRISPR, the human gene-editing tool that has scientists excited — and terrified
This article, which explains the gene-editing technology, includes a quote from Hank Greely, chair of Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences. 
http://www.vox.com/2015/5/4/8547797/what-is-crispr

April

Scope, 04/30/15
--Genetic testing, autism, and "fixing" the pathological body
Kelly Ormond, professor of genetics, spoke at a recent panel discussion at the University of California-Santa Cruz that focused on the distinction between pathological and normal. 
http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2015/04/30/genetic-testing-autism-and-fixing-the-pathological-body/

Stanford Daily, 04/21/15
--Human biology professor Lawrence Zaroff dies
Lawrence Zaroff, a consulting professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and the Program in Human Biology and a senior research scholar at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, died last Monday. Paul Fisher, the Beirne Family Professor of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology and the Bing Director of the Program in Human biology, is quoted in this obituary.
http://www.stanforddaily.com/2015/04/21/human-biology-professor-lawrence-zaroff-dies-monday-morning/

The California Report (KQED), 04/22/15
--Death in secret: California's underground world of assisted suicide
As death approaches, patients are often given unclear or veiled instructions on how to hasten death. David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Professor in Medicine and Biomedical Ethics and professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/04/22/death-in-secret-californias-underground-world-of-assisted-suicide/

The California Report (KQED), 04/22/15
--Death in secret: California's underground world of assisted suicide
As death approaches, patients are often given unclear or veiled instructions on how to hasten death. David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Professor in Medicine and Biomedical Ethics and professor of pediatrics, is quoted.
http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2015/04/22/death-in-secret-californias-underground-world-of-assisted-suicide/

Scope, 04/21/15
--The Ebola crisis: an ethical balancing act
A special issue of the American Journal of Bioethics is devoted to the many challenges involved in caring for patients with Ebola. David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Professor and director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and editor-in-chief of the monthly journal, is featured in this blog entry. 
http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2015/04/21/the-ebola-crisis-an-ethical-balancing-act/

Scope, 04/17/15
--Remembering the strange vigils of war through poetry and dance 
A recent performance co-sponsored by Stanford's Medicine & the Muse Program explored the theme of war through poetry and dance.
http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2015/04/17/remembring-the-strange-vigils-of-war-through-poetry-and-dance/

San Francisco Chronicle, 04/07/15
--For ex-Marine Roman Baca, ballet promotes healing
The Exit 12 Dance Company specializes in original works that tell the stories of soldiers and their loved ones. It will be performing April 11 at Stanford. This article quotes Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine. 
http://www.sfgate.com/performance/article/For-ex-Marine-Roman-Baca-ballet-promotes-healing-6177351.php?cmpid=email-tablet

TheScientist.com, 04/06/15
--Ancestry.com adds new genetics service
Ancestry.com is advertising a new DNA test that can reportedly connect users to their ancestors back to the 1700s. Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences, is quoted.
http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/42598/title/Ancestry-com-Adds-New-Genetics-Service/

March

San Francisco Chronicle, 03/21/15
--New gene-altering technique worries scientists
A group of 20 scientists and ethicists, including Stanford's Paul Berg andHank Greely, signed a letter published in Science Express calling for guidelines to regulate genome editing tools. Berg, the Vivian K. and Robert W. Cahill Professor in Cancer Research, Emeritus, and Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences, are quoted in this article.
http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/New-gene-altering-technique-worries-scientists-6149267.php

MIT Technology Review, 03/19/15
--Scientists call for a summit on gene-edited babies
A group of 20 scientists and ethicists, including Stanford's Paul Berg andHank Greely, signed a letter published in Science Express calling for guidelines to regulate genome editing tools. Berg, the Vivian K. and Robert W. Cahill Professor in Cancer Research, Emeritus, is quoted in this article. The letter is also discussed in a Scope blog entry that mentions Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences.
http://www.technologyreview.com/news/536021/scientists-call-for-a-summit-on-gene-edited-babies/
http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2015/03/19/stanford-faculty-lend-voices-to-call-for-genome-editing-guidelines/

Scope, 03/18/15
--Build it (an easy way to join research studies) and the volunteers will come
Stanford's MyHeart Counts cardiovascular health app now has 27,836 users and participants in the clinical study. Researchers devoted months to figuring out the best way to inform participants about the study. This post quotes Michael McConnell, professor of cardiovascular medicine and principal investigator for the study, and David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Professor in Medicine and Biomedical Ethics.
http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2015/03/18/build-it-an-easy-way-to-join-research-studies-and-the-volunteers-will-come/

Stanford Medicine, 2015
This issue of Inside Stanford Medicine explores the connections between time and health, including new advances in aging and longevity research. Christopher Thomas Scott, PhD, of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, is quoted in this article. 
http://stanmed.stanford.edu/2015spring/the-time-of-your-life.html

February

Scope, 02/20/15
Stanford medical student Genna Braverman won "best poster" at a recent meeting for her work examining communication challenges medical students encountered.
http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2015/02/20/stanford-student-earns-national-recognition-for-research-on-medical-communication/

 Scope, 02/19/15
--The challenge - and opportunity - of regulating new ideas in science and technology
A recent panel sponsored by Stanford's Rock Center for Corporate Governance and the Center for Law and the Biosciences focused on the gaps between science and technology and the law. This post quotes Hank Greely, the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences and also features moderator Dan Siciliano, faculty director of the Rock Center and professor of the practice of law and Alex Gould, a lecturer in the Department of Economics.
http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2015/02/19/the-challenge-and-opportunity-of-regulating-new-ideas/

Forum (KQED-FM), 02/06/15
After a parliamentary vote last week, the United Kingdom is set to become the first country to legalize making a baby with DNA from three parents. Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and director of the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences, was part of a panel that discussed the technology and explored whether the U.S. and other countries may follow Britain's lead.
http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201502060900

San Jose Mercury News, 02/05/15
--California politicians urge repeal of 'opt out' provision of vaccination law
All eligible children should be vaccinated, several California state senators say. David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Professor in Medicine and Biomedical Ethics and director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, is quoted in this article.
http://www.mercurynews.com/health/ci_27458564/legislation-introduced-repeal-opt-out-provision-vaccination-law

January

San Jose Mercury News, 01/24/15
--Testing for mortality: A way to measure our bodies' risk of disease
This piece discusses telomere testing as a way to predict age-related diseases. Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and director of Stanford's Center for Law and the Biosciences, comments on the growing concern among federal regulators.
http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_27386746/testing-mortality-way-measure-our-bodies-risk-disease

Vox.com, 01/21/15
--Obama singled out personalized medicine as the future. But what exactly is that?
In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama mentioned launching a new Precision Medicine Initiative. Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, provides comment in this article.
http://www.vox.com/2015/1/21/7866153/obama-precision-medicine

CBS News, 01//21/15
--Growing human kidneys in rats sparks ethical debate
As scientists strive to grow human fetal kidneys in rats, it raises important ethical questions, said Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/growing-human-kidneys-in-rats-sparks-ethical-debate/

Scope, 01/14/15
--Living loooooooonger: A conversation on longevity
Stanford bioethicist Christopher Scott, and his co-author, Laura DeFrancesco, PhD, write in Nature Biotechnology, it has a new face and it’s longevity:
  http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2015/01/14/living-loooooooonger-a-conversation-on-longevity/

Scope, 01/12/15
--Golden years? Researcher explores longevity research and the companies banking on its success
Stanford bioethicist Christopher Scott, director of the Stanford Program on Stem Cells in Society and a faculty and research scholar at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, is the co-author of a recent article examining the commercialization of longevity research, a pursuit that leaves many questions unanswered, he says. 
http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2015/01/12/golden-years-stanford-researcher-explores-longevity-research-and-the-companies-banking-on-its-success/

KQED-TV, 01/09/15
--Gov. Brown makes history, end-of-life choices, personal health at our fingertips
This segment features Stephanie Harmon, the Arnold P. Gold Clinical Assistant Professor and head of Palliative Care, discussing the future of end-of-life choices.
http://www.kqed.org/tv/programs/newsroom/watch/archive/288194

New York Times, 1/05/15
One of our Biomedical Ethics and Humanities academic courses, Art Observation Skills, was mentioned in this New York Times article. The course was developed by Drs. Audrey Shafer and Sam Rodriguez, medical student Genna Braverman and art history doctoral student Yinshi Lerman-Tan and is being offered this spring.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/05/arts/design/for-warhol-15-brings-more-fame-.html?ref=arts&_r=0



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