Category: Public Health

BU Today: [POV] Child Detention at the Border Is Torture

July 18, 2019 Written by: Sondra Crosby & George Annas Each day brings, it seems, new horrors from American child detention facilities on the Texan border: children in cramped cells, in dirty, squalid conditions, many suffering from scabies, shingles, and chicken pox, separated from their families. The World War II Japanese-American internment camps have been ...

BUSPH News: ‘This Is the Worst That I’ve Seen in My 20-Year Career’

Posted on: July 3, 2019 Among the many policies, actions, and threats leveraged against asylum seekers in recent years, the mass detention and separation of families on the southern border is receiving the most attention. But working with asylum seekers in the Immigrant & Refugee Health Program at Boston Medical Center, Sondra Crosby is seeing ...

WBUR: Leading Scientists Call For Moratorium And Global Forum On Gene-Edited Babies

March 13, 2019 By Carey Goldberg There are efforts already under way by the World Health Organization and multiple national academies of science to create committees that will try to oversee what happens to the human genetic legacy. But they don’t preclude this call for a new global body, says George Annas, director of the ...

JRAMC BMJ | Invited Review: US military medical ethics in the War on Terror

Written by George J Annas and Sondra Crobsy WITH THE NEW DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government. Abstract: Military medical ethics has been challenged by the post-11 September 2001 ‘War on Terror’. ...

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SLATE: A Horrifying Ethical Dilemma

Jan 24, 2019 By Christina Cauterucci “Last month, a 29-year-old woman who’s been in a persistent vegetative state since she was a toddler went into labor and gave birth. An employee of the Arizona health care facility where she’s resided for more than 26 years swears no one had any idea she was pregnant until ...

BU Today [POV]: How Did Claims of CRISPR Babies Hijack an International Gene-Editing Summit?

Written By George Annas How is it consistent with either science or ethics to permit a conference on human gene editing to be hijacked by a rogue researcher who is unwilling (or unable) to present evidence that his experiment has actually been done, and to make his data available to scientists and the public? I ...

Business Insider: Genetically modified ‘designer babies’ might be okay, according to a top ethics council

In a Business Insider article, bioethicist George Annas told Business Insider, “I hate to say we’ll never know what [an ideal genome] is, but we’re nowhere near that. Humans have more flaws than we know what to do with,” Annas added. “One of them is that we don’t know what it would mean to make a better ...