Dr. Francis L. Delmonico, past president of the United Network Organ Sharing (UNOS), Professor of Surgery in Harvard Medical School at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and current Advisor to the World Health Organization in Organ Donation and Transplantation discusses the ethics of organ trafficking and transplant.
The solution is not to limit access indiscriminately, but to improve access to appropriate care—to “right-size” health care. Insurers, physicians, and policymakers each have a role to play in helping patients access the right environments, the right personnel, and the right services.
This article highlights options for increasing the supply of transplantable organs, and explore ethical constraints such as respect for autonomy, avoiding harm, and limitations related to the necessity for rationing.
Dominic Mao, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in Molecular and Cellular Biology as well as Chemical and Physical Biology at Harvard University, discusses how CRISPR/Cas9 technologies are taught in the classroom.
Because of the growing global threat of antibiotic resistance, there is a critical need for the development of alternative approaches. An innovative approach, antimicrobial blue light (aBL), has attracted increasing attention.