Monthly archives: May 2013

  • There is a room in our basement offices – it is known as the Oval Room – where the Council reports are displayed on a range of shelves. As time goes on, and new reports are published, they have to squeeze up more closely to each other. Soon there will be no more room and we will have to decide which ones are relegated to the cupboards. But deciding that any one of them is out of date or has become irrelevant is rather difficult.

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  • Last week, the Human Tissue Authority publicised the remarkable news that the annual number of ‘altruistic living organ donors’ – people offering to give one of their kidneys to someone they don’t know and will probably never meet – has increased threefold, to 104 people from a previous high of 38. One such donor, Maggie Harris, who donated one of her kidneys six years ago, was invited in a BBC interview to explain how she came to make what many of us would regard as a momentous decision.

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  • by Sir Roland Jackson, Council member

    The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has built itself a formidable reputation over the years for the penetrating and thorough analysis it has provided on ethical issues in the bioscience and medical fields. So, joining the Council in March was a great privilege and it was with some trepidation that I joined the phalanx of ethicists, philosophers, lawyers, medical and bioscience researchers and the like for my first Council meeting and then, last week, for the 2-day annual ‘Forward Look’ session. (more…)