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Body of Work


Body of Work is an exploration of health topics in the news and important matters facing science. Baylor College of Medicine scientists, physicians and specialists from diverse disciplines discuss the impact of hot button issues on healthcare, research, community and education. Several of our faculty have been featured:

Amy McGuire, J.D., Ph.D.

Trevor Bibler, Ph.D.



Faculty News Features


Center faculty and their work are frequently quoted and featured in national, local and trade media.

NPR - July 9, 2020
Planning For End-Of-Life Care Is More Crucial Than Ever. Here's How

TMC - July 2, 2020
Gilead sets price for COVID-19 drug remdesivir

Houston Chronicle - June, 20 2020
Some Houston restaurants won’t say if their employees have COVID-19. And they don’t have to.

The New Yorker - May 18, 2020
The Rogue Experimenters

Bill of Health - May 4, 2020 
COVID-19 is a Perfect Storm of Hardship for US Immigrant Communities

Houston Public Media – April 28, 2020
Experts in business and medical ethics answer your questions about the COVID-19 outbreak

Jewish Herald-Voice - April 16, 2020
Making tough ethical medical decisions in a time of shortages

Houston Chronicle - April 10, 2020
Treatment of COVID-19 patients at Texas City nursing home draws ethical questions

Tampa Bay Times - April 1, 2020
Coronavirus has warped our sense of time

Wired - March 30, 2020
In Crowded Hospitals, Who Will Get Life-Saving Equipment?

Bill of Health - Mar. 12, 2020
Responsibility, culpability, and parental views on genomic testing for seriously ill children

NBC News - Feb. 22 2020
'They lied to us': Mom says police deceived her to get her DNA and charge her son with murder

WYPR 88.1 Baltimore - Jan. 14, 2020
When DNA Testing Delivers A Surprise

Los Angeles Times – Nov. 24, 2019
DNA Genealogical Databases Are a Gold Mine for Police, But With Few Rules and Little Transparency

Popular Science – Nov. 20, 2019
High School Concussion Laws Exist In Every State, But Getting Them On The Field Is A Challenge 

Associated Press – Nov. 12, 2019
Spotlight on Texas’ ’10-Day Rule’ in Life Support Cases

TMC News – Nov. 6, 2019
Let Genetic Counselors Unpack the Results of At-Home DNA Tests

ABA Journal – Nov. 1, 2019
Genealogy Sites Give Law Enforcement a New DNA Sleuthing Tool, But the Battle over Privacy Looms

NBC News – Oct. 25, 2019
Police Were Cracking Cold Cases With A DNA Website. Then The Fine Print Changed

New Scientist – Oct. 24, 2019
Genetic Privacy Attack Could Reveal DNA Secrets from Genealogy Sites

Houston Public Media – Oct. 21, 2019
Gene Editing, And Ask The Veterinarian 

Detroit Free Press – Oct. 17, 2019
Why Parents don’t get a Say about End of Life When a Child Is Brain Dead 

U.S News & World Report – Oct. 4, 2019
What Can You Do What an Anthropology Degree

The Atlantic – Oct. 1, 2019
The Messy Consequences of the Golden State Killer Case

Science Magazine – Sept. 25, 2019
New Federal Rules Limit Police Searches of Family Tree DNA Databases

Futurism – Sept. 25, 2019
Meet the Doctor Who’s Livestreaming Human Autopsies

TMC News - Sept. 3, 2019
Why You Should Talk To A Genetic Counselor Before Using An At-Home DNA test

GenomeWeb - Aug. 29, 2019
Baylor, Arizona State University Nab $1.6M NIH Grant to Develop Genome Editing Governance

Nature - Aug. 21, 2019
Huge US Government Study to Offer Genetic Counseling

Healthline - Aug. 19, 2019
For Some Americans, It’s Actually Cheaper to Fly to Another Country for Treatment

The Kansas City Star - Aug. 18, 2019
Peddling Unproven Treatments, Stem Cell Industry ‘Fleeces,’ Sometimes Harms Patients

STAT - June 4, 2019
Congress Weighs Dropping Ban on Altering DNA of Human Embryos Used for Pregnancies

Genetic Literary Project - June 4, 2019
DNA For the Greater Good: Should The Police Have Access to Consumer DNA Databases? 

Washington Post - May 30, 2019
Let's Change the Rules For Organ Donations -- and Save Lives

HuffPost - May 23, 2019
Why You Should File A Health Care Proxy Form ASAP

Houston Public Media - May 22, 2019
Texas Legislature Hikes Age For Tobacco Use From 18 To 21

New Scientist - May 20, 2019 
DNA Database Opts A Million People Out From Police Searches

STAT News Podcast "The Readout LOUD" - May 16, 2019
Drug Pricing Partisanship, Tech's March Into Health Care, and Tinder For Clinical Trials

Science - May 7, 2019
As Gene Testing Surges, Lawsuits Aren't Far Behind 

FOX 26 - April 22, 2019
Scientists Successfully Revive Brain Cells in Dead Pigs Raising Ethical Questions

Texas State Network/KRLD Dallas - April 17, 2019
Vaccine Exemptions in Texas

The Atlantic - March 29, 2019
A DNA Company Wants You to Help Catch Criminals

The Gainesville Sun - March 20, 2019
Make End-of-life Decisions Before A Medical Crisis

Deseret News - March 5, 2019
Another Reason To Welcome Utah's .05 Percent DUI Law

TMC News - March 4, 2019
Open Secrets: Are We Ready For What DNA Kits Reveal?  

The Salt Lake Tribune - March 4, 2019
Utah's 0.05 DUI Law Limits Individual Liberties, Says Health Scholar, But Is "Ethically Justified." She Says Other States Should Follow Suit

KSL Broadcasting - March 4, 2019
New Study Finds Utah DUI Law 'Not Only Ethically Defensible But Desirable'

Minnesota Star Tribune - Feb. 24, 2019
Should Police Turn to Genealogy Sites to Catch a Long-Sought Killer?

Science Trends - Feb. 21, 2019
Should There Be An Age Limit For Owning A Gun

No Easy Answers in Bioethics Podcast - Feb. 18, 2019
When Patients and Families Express Hope for a Miracle

Houston Public Media - Feb. 14, 2019
How Medical Advances Affect Modern Pursuit Of Parenthood

Bloomberg Law - Feb. 4, 2019 
Beyond Cadavers: Med Students Learn to Dissect Health Policy

TMC News - Feb. 1, 2019
Juul Ad Campaign Targets Adult Smokers 

U.S News & World Report - Jan. 28, 2019 
What a Fellowship Is and Why You Might Want One What a Fellowship Is and Why You Might Want One 

Medscape - Jan. 16, 2019
ACP Ethics Guidance Now Addresses Health Technology

M.D. Alert - Jan. 14, 2019
Updated ACP Ethics Manual Provides 6-Step Approach to Dilemmas 

Houston Chronicle - Dec. 27, 2018
Experimental Treatment for Cardiac Arrest Patients to be Given Without Consent 

Washington Post - Dec. 19, 2018
Should You Send Your Kid's DNA to 23andMe?

Houston Public Media - Dec. 12, 2018
What Frankenstein Can Teach Us About Medical Ethics Today

Houston Chronicle- Dec. 3, 2018
Gene-edited Babies Have Been Born. Now What? [Opinion] 

The Guardian - Dec. 1, 2018
How Taking a Home Genetic Test Could Help Catch a Murderer

TMC News - Nov. 28, 2018
Scientific Experts Respond to Chinese Scientist's Claims of Creating World's First Gene-Edited Babies 

Associated Press - Nov. 27, 2018
Expert Says Gene Editing Has 'Ethical Problems'

Houston Chronicle - Nov. 27, 2018
Chinese Scientist and Houston Professor Claim to Have Created First Gene-Edited Babies 

Houston Public Media - Nov.27, 2018
Genetic Ethics, and Teacher Pay 

Dallas Morning News - Nov. 19, 2018
How Do We Know That Someone Is Dead? 

TMC News - Nov. 5, 2018
Why a Baylor Researcher Told The World About His Mental Illness After Years of Silence

TMC News - Oct. 30, 2018
What Frankenstein Can Teach Clinicians About Patient Care 

GenomeWeb - Oct. 18, 2018
At ASHG, Researchers Discuss Newborn Sequencing's Potential, Challenges for Scaling

Associated Press - Oct. 11, 2018
Study: DNA Websites Cast Broad Net for Identifying People 

Healthcare Analytics News - Oct. 6, 2018 
Privacy Concern or Public Benefit? Police Access to Consumer DNA in Question

National Geographic - Sept. 20, 2018
Octopuses Given Ecstasy for Science--But Is It Ethical? 

Houston Public Media - Sept. 12, 2018
Political Roundup, and the Ethics of Prescribing Painkillers

USA Today - Sept. 11, 2018
Ban Tobacco Sales Until Age 21. It's a Bipartisan Way to Reduce Addiction and Death 

TMC News - Sept. 4, 2018 
Bracing for a Deficit of Doctors 

Medscape - Aug. 31, 2018
HHS HHS Will Review Watchdog Group's Call to Halt 'Risky' Sepsis Trial 

STAT News - July 10, 2018
National Academies Panel Urges Researchers to Routinely Share Test Results with Study Participants

GenomeWeb - June 7, 2018
Limits for Use of Genealogy Databases in Criminal Investigations Must be Legislated, Experts Say

‘The Week in Health Law’ Podcast - June 5, 2018
How the GSK Met his DNA

EthicsLab Podcast - May 26, 2018
Precision Medicine – Its Potential and Questions 

Science Friday - May 4, 2018
After The Golden State Killer, The Ethics Of Genetic Testing After The Golden State Killer, The Ethics Of Genetic Testing

Houston Chronicle - March 1, 2018
Ethicists Call for Lawsuits to Stop For-Profit Stem Cell Therapy 

LeapsMag - Jan. 9, 2018 
Deep Brain Stimulation for Mental Illnesses Raises Ethical Concerns