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The link between human rights and public health

Medical professionals work under a shared ethical principle: to heal. It’s a part of the Hippocratic Oath, the ethical code of conduct binding physicians and health care professionals to putting patient care first.

Clinical medicine is not just about the ethics of bedside doctoring; the practice of medicine must engage human rights to improve health, says Steven Miles, M.D., Ph.D., Maas Family Endowed Chair in Bioethics in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Center for Bioethics.

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Origin of HeLa cells continues to impact research ethics

The modern medical world owes a lot to HeLa cells: the polio vaccine, cancer treatments and in vitro fertilization, to name a few. It was the first immortal cell line, or group of tissue samples that could survive in a lab – and reproduce indefinitely. This characteristic made the cells ideal for research environments. HeLa cells became a catalyst for medical progress, from studying gene mapping to cancerous activity, and the cells remain in high demand today, even 60 years after the initial sample was collected.

Yet the source of those cells, Henrietta Lacks, never gave consent for her tissue samples to be used in research. And her family didn’t either.

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In the News: U of M bioethicist discusses South Africa’s ‘Dr. Death’

For Steven Miles, M.D., a University of Minnesota Medical School professor and bioethicist in the University’s Center for Bioethics, the recent conviction by a medical licensing board of South Africa’s Dr. Wouter Basson, widely known as ‘Dr. Death,’ was the culmination of hard work by a lot of different people determined to do the right thing.

Basson, a cardiologist from Cape Town, was found guilty of dishonorable professional conduct for violating medical ethics for developing chemical weapons and for abetting kidnappings and murder when he directed “Project Coast” for the apartheid regime.

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Center for Bioethics seminar series examines bioethics and gun policy and moral distress among physicians

The public, University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the Center for Bioethics seminar series at the University of Minnesota.

The two day seminar series will examine two hot-button issues in bioethics.

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Mini Bioethics Academy aims to help community better understand bioethical challenges in today’s society

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Bioethics is hosting Mini Bioethics Academy, a three night event to help the public better understand bioethical challenges in today’s society.

Three of the Center for Bioethics’ top faculty members will discuss several intriguing and thought-provoking bioethical issues making headlines today.

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