April 20, 2024

IN BRIEF: right to live; Iranian clones; research fraud in China

RIGHT TO LIVE CASE: A terminally-ill British man has lost his legal battle to ensure that he will receive nutrition and water when he is close to death. Leslie Burke, 46, has a degenerative brain condition and fears that he will be refused artificial nutrition and hydration when his condition worsens. The Court of Appeal in London ruled against him last year and now the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has also declined his appeal. The Court said that it interpreted the UK law as being in favour of prolonging life whenever possible.