Category: Public Health

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 ...

The Boston Globe: Boston-area scientists criticize Chinese researcher who changed embryonic DNA

In a recently published Boston Globe article, George Annas, the William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center of Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights at the Boston University School of Public Health, was asked about his thoughts on He Jiankui’s research on gene-edited babies. George called the research “an unethical, premature experiment ...

AP: CIA considered potential truth serum for terror suspects

Dr. Sondra Crosby, who has treated victims of torture, including two who were held at CIA secret sites, disagreed. “The enduring pain and suffering experienced by the survivors of the CIA program is immense, and includes severe, complex post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, physical ailments, and psychosocial dysfunction,” said Crosby, of Boston University’s School of Medicine ...

STAT [First Opinion]: More research on ‘dying healthy’ will also help us live healthier

October 3, 2018 By George J. Annas and Sandro Galea Helping people live longer has been a central goal of medicine for decades. The quest to extend life raises an interesting question: Should we keep investing in research aimed at adding even more years to the already impressive gains in the average life expectancy that ...

‘Home’ and Human Rights

Public Health Post Fellow and researcher in the Center for Health Law, Ethics and Human Rights, Gilbert Benavidez recently published a telling article regarding the growing refugee crisis. Check it out here

Women’s March on Boston

On Saturday January 21st, coinciding with hundreds of marches nationwide, 175,000 citizens gathered in Boston Common for what is arguably the largest single day protest in the history of the United States. It was a breathtaking sight as seas of people flooded the streets with signs where the creativity was only matched by the significance. ...

A Culture of Health and Human Rights

In this month’s issue of Health Affairs, professors George Annas and Wendy Mariner write about A Culture of Health and Human Rights that can be viewed as a social norm that values health as the nation’s highest priority. Human rights, established in the declaration of human rights, are to be the foundation and underlying theme of ...