Protein of the Future

March 18, 2019

Get ready for a menu of lab-grown steaks, “bleeding” plant burgers, and cricket smoothies – w comments from our Ruth Faden and Jess Fanzo

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Ruth Karron, Carleigh Krubiner, and Ruth Faden write, “As health officials work to contain the continuing outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, lessons from that crisis can be applied to more equitably battle Lassa fever, another deadly infectious disease.”

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A new report, developed by the Pregnancy Research Ethics for Vaccines, Epidemics and New Technologies (PREVENT) working group, identifies a cycle of exclusion that prevents pregnant women from accessing the benefits of vaccines. With comments from our Carleigh Krubiner

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“The decision to continue to withhold this vaccine from pregnant women is not justifiable,” says our Ruth Faden, “We must listen to the voices of pregnant women in the midst of an outbreak. If they’re saying, ‘Give me the choice, I want to decide,’ how can we not respond to that? How could you not give them that choice?”

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The unintended consequences of animal gene editing. Unintended effects have included enlarged rabbit tongues and extra pig vertebrae, as bioethicists warn of hubris

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Failure to vaccinate pregnant women during deadly infectious disease outbreaks is putting them and their unborn children at risk, a new report has warned

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A landmark report says pregnant and lactating women should be included in clinical trials. It’s unclear what the chances are that DHHS will agree with the recommendations in the report, but either way, says Ruth Faden, founder of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, “the very existence of the report is huge.”

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Most moms take medications during pregnancy. There’s practically no research on their safety – with comments from our Ruth Faden

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