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You Never Know Who You Are Talking To: Making Stigmatizing Assumptions About Health

Chelsea Jack | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Chelsea Jack

I have lived a privileged life made rich by an education and resources that helped me flourish. These privileges separate me from the suffering people in Appalachia who I think and write about. But since my diagnosis, for the first time in my life, I have an immature, but nontrivial, inkling of how social stigma feels.

The Accidental Father of Gastroenterology

Whitny Braun | Posted 01.06.2016 | Science
Whitny Braun

This holiday season as people were complaining about having eaten too much or lamenting their indigestion by popping antacids they probably weren't gi...

Dr. William Beaumont: The Accidental Father of Gastroenterology

Whitny Braun | Posted 01.06.2016 | Science
Whitny Braun

After the holidays, as people are complaining about having eaten too much, or lamenting their indigestion by popping antacids, they probably aren't giving too much thought to where our modern understanding of how the digestive system works came from.

A Doctor, a Quaker Woman and a Galvanized Rubber Syringe: The 19th Century Origins of Artificial Insemination in America

Whitny Braun | Posted 12.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Whitny Braun

Once upon a time, in America's not too distant past, the prevailing societal and medical belief was that infertility could only be a female problem. H...

What College Professors Could Learn From Comedians

Whitny Braun | Posted 12.29.2015 | College
Whitny Braun

At the age of twenty-five I was hired to teach my first college course. Since I was a grad student myself at the time, and accustomed to sitting through long lectures delivered by monotone professors that yielded little information I actually retained, I was determined to be different.

Thalidomide: The Connection Between a Statue in Trafalgar Square, a 1960s Children's Show Host and the Abortion Debate

Whitny Braun | Posted 12.29.2015 | Women
Whitny Braun

A friend of mine who is traveling in London sent me a text message of a photo she had taken of 12-foot-high, white marble statue of an armless pregnant woman with truncated legs set atop a giant pedestal in Trafalgar Square. The caption read: "Thalidomide?"

Changing Opinions Over the Changing Table

Georganne Chapin | Posted 01.05.2016 | Parents
Georganne Chapin

If you are one of the growing number of parents who leave their baby boys' foreskins alone, as nature intended, you might need to brace yourself for the holidays.

Bioethics and New Developments in International Surrogacy

Ruth Macklin | Posted 12.18.2015 | Women
Ruth Macklin

Some people call it "reproductive tourism," while others prefer the more neutral "cross-border reproductive healthcare." Whatever it is called, surrog...

Diving Into The Ethics Of The Technology Behind Designer Babies

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 12.04.2015 | Science

Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World tells the story of a government that manipulates people’s genes to deepen the divides between social clas...

Ganesh and Daksha: Paradigms for Xenotransplants?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 12.01.2015 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

It is not uncommon to hear that the myths of Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, and of Daksha, the goat-headed god found in the Hindus Puranas, are Hindu endorsements of xeno-transplantation.

New Technology May Lead To Groundbreaking Cures For Challenging Diseases

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.