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How Controversial Gene Editing Could Lead To Groundbreaking Cures

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 11.28.2015 | Science

Thanks to the controversial new technology known as CRISPR, scientists are beginning to make headway in understanding and potentially curing some of ...

We Could Be Closer Than You Think To Engineering Designer Babies

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 11.24.2015 | Science

As any number of magazine articles and news stories from recent months have noted, we are in the midst of a major genetic revolution. Thanks t...

Ethics of Genetic Screening in 'Tomcat': What Trade Offs Are We Ready to Make to Live in a World Free From Illness?

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 11.03.2015 | Arts
Silvia Camporesi

A girl of 12, Jessie (Jessica), carrying the genetics marker of psychopathy, is the protagonist of the play "Tomcat", written by James Rushbrooke and showing at Southwark Playhouse in London.

Are Immunization Schedules Negotiable?

Jim Anderson | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Jim Anderson

With the recent hubbub about vaccinations highlighted in one of the presidential debates, I'm left to ponder the issue of vaccine schedule negotiation...

The Public Must Speak Up About Genome Editing -- Beyond Embryo Modification

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Silvia Camporesi

The recent call by U.S. scientists for a temporary pause "in the application of germ-line modification for clinical application in humans while the implications of such activity are discussed" has added a new intensity to the debate and reveals a potential bioethical divide between the US and the UK.

Genome Editing, Bioethics, Policy and Politics in the UK and in the US

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 09.24.2015 | Science
Silvia Camporesi

I believe that we as bioethicists have a responsibility to try and bring to the surface the underlying forces that that shape the ethical boundaries of a particular debate in a country versus another. Political, social and economic factors shape ethics and policy making as they shape science and technology in different ways in different countries.

Does Bioethics Hinder Medical Progress?

Ruth Macklin | Posted 09.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

A recent opinion piece by Steven Pinker, a Harvard psychologist often referred to as a "public intellectual," called on bioethicists to "get out of the way" and allow biomedical research to proceed without the red tape and interference that allegedly slow the path to medical breakthroughs.

Is Bioethics Hindering Medical Progress?

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Posted 09.18.2015 | Science
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

One has only to look at the many articles in journals addressing controversial issues to conclude that no unanimity exists and any restraint in research cannot be laid solely at the feet of bioethics.

Warning: My Class Is One Big Trigger

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 09.07.2015 | College
Jonathan D. Moreno

In spite of the intensity of the subject matter, I've found that when my undergrads get annoyed at me it's usually because I'm late getting my slides up on the course website, not because I've broached emotionally difficult material.

The FDA, Finances and Feminism: Why the Third Time Was the Charm for So-Called 'Female Viagra'

Elizabeth Yuko | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Yuko

Money can't buy happiness but evidently is instrumental in gaining FDA approval for controversial drugs with low efficacy and significant side effects...

How Bioethics Has Pushed America Left

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

The recent controversy about Planned Parenthood and fetal tissue donation suggests that highly publicized bioethical issues generally benefit conservatives. In fact, quite the opposite is the case. Since 2000, they have actually aided the country's leftward move on social values.

Physician-Assisted Dying: Honest Choices

Steve Heilig | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Steve Heilig

Physician-assisted dying is a complex and emotional issue. Here is a new perspective done with a leading physician with much direct experience - and who has quit one of his professional medical associations due to their lack of integrity on the topic.

Variations in Regulations on Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Ruth Macklin | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Ruth Macklin

Medically-assisted reproduction -- also known as Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) -- is practiced throughout the world. The Reproductive Bioet...

Bioethics as a Profession: Expertise and Accountability for the Gene Editing Debate

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 06.18.2015 | Science
Silvia Camporesi

With my students in the MA in Bioethics & Society at King's College London we spend one lecture at the beginning of the year discussing who and what the bioethicist is.

Mass Incarceration's Invisible Casualties: Women and The Criminal Justice System

Michele Goodwin | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Michele Goodwin

When Americans think about the war on drugs, often images of violent men behind bars shape their understandings. This persistent picture obscures the true realities and costs of both mass incarceration and the U.S. drug war.

Premature Matriculation: The Ethics of Registering Future Children to Nurseries

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Silvia Camporesi

Registering children to nursery before they exist really seems to be the extreme, and raises many ethical questions. The first one relates to the non-identity problem developed by British philosopher Derek Parfit.

Morality, Religion and Experimenting on You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

To improve the process of ethical oversight of research, we need to change our attitudes, and recognize far more fully that complicated moral issues, strains and vagaries are involved.

Requiem for Lethal Injection?

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

The rifleman mustering for a firing squad is honest - an icon of retribution without pretense. If we can own his violent act on our behalf, capital punishment suits us. But clinical killing is euphemism - a cowardly way for us to deceive ourselves.

Who Will Save the Savior Sibling?

Maura Dickey | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Maura Dickey

If we are going to treat children as if they are merely made of harvestable parts, then we should also establish legal standards that provide an independent advocate for the savior sibling.

Transhumanist Party Scientists Frown on Talk of Genetic Engineering Moratorium

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

A wave of ethical discussions and admonitions recently appeared after Chinese scientists reported successfully editing an embryo's DNA.

Altering Genetic Material: A Line That Must Not Be Crossed

Ruth Macklin | Posted 05.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

Editing the genes of human embryos -- or fertilized eggs -- to eradicate a heritable disease should not be attempted.

Debate Flares Over Genetically Modified Embryos

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.24.2015 | Science

Are scientists playing with fire? That's suddenly a big question for bioethicists, now that researchers in China have confirmed that they genetical...

Is Psychiatry Getting Kinky?

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 06.20.2015 | Healthy Living
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

So slip into those tight leather jeans. That dog collar would look fetching. Add a piercing in a place your mother wouldn't imagine. Or take your l...

Genome Editing: Time to Ask the Tough Questions

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 06.13.2015 | Science
Silvia Camporesi

"What are the moral implications of genome editing?" is the question that has been posed by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics regarding the new CRISPR-Cas9 mediated germ-line genome editing technique, which allows targeted modification of DNA sequences at the level of the germ-line, i.e. gametes (eggs and sperm).

Churches Staunchly Oppose Scientists' Plan To Create Babies With Three Parents

BBC | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion

Senior church figures have called on the UK government to block the creation of babies from three people. The Church of England and the Catholic Ch...