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Cochlear Implants

  • NIDCD U.S. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
  • Healthy Hearing
  • History of Cochlear implants
  • History of cochlear implants and links to sign language, deaf culture and history, and famous deaf people.
  • Introduction to Cochlear Implants, by Philipos C. Loizou, examines cochlear implants, how they work, the factors affecting performance and acoustic simulations of cochlear implants.
  • Sound and Fury  PBS site which contains information about deafness, cochlear implants and their history as well as lesson plans which look at deafness and diversity and the science of sound.
  • Sound from Silence: The Development of Cochlear Implants.
  • Dallas Otolarngoglogy cochlear implant Program Description of cochlear implants, their history, the devices that are available, surgical procedures and the benefits of having cochlear implants.

Artifical Heart

  • Access Excellence site contains an interview with cardiothoracic surgeon, Mehmet Oz, MD, who describes the status of heart transplantation and why artificial hearts and ventricular assist devices are needed. There are also links to other sites about heart technology.
  • Artificial heart technology. It also has links to heart basics, electric hearts and heart transplants.
  • Electric Heart Topics include a map of the human heart, a page of heart facts, a short biography of pioneering surgeon: O. H. Frazier, and a Shockwave interactive site where a heart transplant operation can be followed.
  • Pacemakers CHFPatients


Tissue engineering

  •    This Nature Biotechnology journal article describes the advances in tissue engineering and the products that may address significant medical needs such as major tissue and organ damage or failure.
  • This New York Times article describes how tissue engineers have succeeded in making artificial organs that use a patient's cells to become a living part of the body, with hope for eventual organ regeneration
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology reports on the work of tissue engineers working on growing replacement organs for transplantation


Biotechnology Online

The Biotechnology Online Secondary School Resource

CLONING Questacon

Designer Babies

Designer babies An article presenting the view in opposition to having a pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, in order to create a 'saviour sibling', where a serious disease threatens the life of a living child.
Designer babies: Ethical considerations by Nicholas Aga explores issues resulting from advances in genetics, that may make it possible to 'select' children's genes and characteristics.
Designer baby bid gets go-ahead A 2006, BBC news article about 'a couple from Leicester have been given permission by the fertility watchdog to have a 'saviour sibling' in a bid to help their sick 20-month-old daughter.' The article is accompanied by related news articles and websites.
How designer children will work How Designer Children Will Work describes how how gene manipulation can produce designer babies. Topics include mapping the human genome, genetic pre-screening and choosing from the genetic menu.
Mother carrying designer baby A BBC news article, 2004, about 'a woman who was given permission to have embryo screening treatment in a bid to save her son is carrying the UK's first 'designer baby' '. The article is accompanied by related news articles and websites.
Reproductive Genetics Institute The Reproductive Genetics Institute is a provider of fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilisation (IVF), as well as pre implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and prenatal diagnosis. The website provides information about various procedures. The Media section is particularly helpful.
Who's afraid of designer babies? This BBC website provides questions and answers about designer babies and genetic technology. Topics include pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), cloning and gene therapy. The webpage also includes links to related sites.

18 ways to make a baby. NOVA producer Sarah Holt tells how surprised she was to learn, during an interview with assisted-reproduction expert Dr. Jamie Grifo, that there are 18 ways to make a baby—and then to find out there are actually many more. Herewith the ever-growing list.

Genetics and ethics

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