May 13, 2024

First Person to Receive a Genetically Modified Pig Kidney Transplant Dies Nearly 2 Months Later

(Associated Press) – The first recipient of a genetically modified pig kidney transplant has died nearly two months after he underwent the procedure, his family and the hospital that performed the surgery said Saturday. Richard “Rick” Slayman had the transplant … Read More

April 8, 2024

Patient with Transplanted Pig Kidney Had a ‘Tense’ Rejection Episode Before Leaving the Hospital

(STAT News) – The world’s first recipient of a kidney transplant from a genetically modified pig experienced a rejection episode before recovering and leaving the hospital last week, a Massachusetts General Hospital doctor told STAT. But in his first few … Read More

April 3, 2024

A Biased Test Kept Thousands of Black People from Getting a Kidney Transplant. It’s Finally Changing

(Associated Press) – Jazmin Evans had been waiting for a new kidney for four years when her hospital revealed shocking news: She should have been put on the transplant list in 2015 instead of 2019 — and a racially biased … Read More

March 25, 2024

New Articles from BMC Medical Ethics Are Now Available

BMC Medical Ethics has new articles available online. Articles include: “A Bioethical Perspective on the Meanings behind a Wish to Hasten Death: A meta-ethnographic Review” by Paulo J. Borges, Pablo Hernández-Marrero and Sandra Martins Pereira  “Layered Vulnerability and Researchers’ Responsibilities: … Read More

January 19, 2024

A First-Ever Experiment Shows How Pigs Might One Day Help People Who Have Liver Failure

(Associated Press) – Surgeons externally attached a pig liver to a brain-dead human body and watched it successfully filter blood, a step toward eventually trying the technique in patients with liver failure. The University of Pennsylvania announced the novel experiment … Read More

January 19, 2024

A New Edition of Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics Is Now Available

Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (vol. 33, no. 1, 2024) is available online by subscription only.  Articles include: “Social Support: From Exclusion Criteria to Medical Service” by Jacob M. Appel  “Surrogacy and the Fiction of Medical Necessity” by Teresa Baron  … Read More