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Bioethics

Henrietta Lacks' Genes and All of Yours?

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 11.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Like Henrietta Lacks' family, millions of us will soon confront questions about our genomes. We should learn as much as we can, and plan more carefully now, before it is too late. Our genomic data may reveal aspects of our fate, but we can still potentially control how and when the information is used.

Jenny McCarthy's View

Nathan Risinger | Posted 10.19.2013 | Media
Nathan Risinger

Proselytizing of any shape or stripe should be viewed with a raised eyebrow and a challenging question. When this proselytizing is based on what one might charitably term pseudoscience (but truly resembles complete quackery) we should not simply be skeptical, we should be incredulous.

Kathleen Miles

'Not Everything In Life Is For Sale'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 08.15.2013 | Los Angeles

California Gov. Jerry Brown's veto of legislation that would have allowed women to sell their eggs for medical research has infuriated some women's ri...

A Case for Oregon

Nathan Risinger | Posted 08.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Nathan Risinger

While any healthcare system must obviously be tailored to the needs of the constituency it serves, to what degree can we allow such a system to compromise the rights of the singular agent?

Religious Leaders Respond To Human Cloning Breakthrough

Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service (RNS) News that scientists had for the first time recovered stem cells from cloned human embryos prompted d...

Protecting Our Children From Bioterrorism Requires Testing Of Anthrax Vaccine

Tia Powell | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Tia Powell

Last month, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released a thoughtful report recommending against studying the anthrax vaccine in children. I might have agreed, had I not spent a year co-chairing an IOM report on protecting the public from a deadly anthrax attack.

Tenth Anniversary of the Mapping of the Human Genome: What It Means for Us All

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Science
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

These miraculous discoveries present us with countless dilemmas and are far outpacing our abilities to grasp and address their ethical, legal and social implications. We need more public and professional education and attention to how it is affecting our lives and how it should affect our lives.

The BRAIN Initiative: Ethical Challenges Ahead

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | Posted 06.10.2013 | Science
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

If the BRAIN initiative is to achieve its goals and fulfill its lofty promise, it will need to address several other ethical challenges as well. These challenges involve values-laden decisions that will influence the research methods, analytic models, and policy recommendations arising from the initiative.

Do as I Say, Not as I Do

Nathan Risinger | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Nathan Risinger

Doctors are capable of making irrational and incorrect choices just like the rest of us. This provides us with a valuable lesson. Education, information and intelligence aren't always guarantors of responsible decision-making.

What Good, Where?

Tom Koch | Posted 03.05.2013 | Science
Tom Koch

"Technology," says Daniel Callahan in this autobiography, "had been for my entire career in bioethics, the thread connecting almost all of the ethical problems I worked on." In Search of the Good, read carefully, evidences the failure, or at the least the inadequacy of that thesis.

Medical Privacy for Royalty and the Rest of Us

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We are not all royalty, but we do deserve medical privacy. I have seen both sides and continue to be amazed how much more careful we need to be.

How Many More Women Like Savita Halappanavar Should We Tolerate?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

I do not doubt in the least that Cardinal Dolan and the Bishops take their task with the utmost seriousness and compassion. But, ethics are informed by experience and, as such, their ethics will remain fatally flawed and their conclusions fatally unjust.

A Defense of the Private Sector

Nathan Risinger | Posted 01.08.2013 | World
Nathan Risinger

Simply to dismiss the private sector out of hand would be a mistake for the global public health field. Private companies play a pivotal role in public health issues. It is only through a marriage of the public and the private that we can see effective change in health issues across the globe.

Cara Santa Maria

Scientist's Far-Out Plan To Save Planet

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 10.22.2012 | Science

What will we do if in the future, global climate change makes the world increasingly difficult to inhabit? Unwilling to give up hope, some scientists ...

5-Hour Energy and 30-Second Deceit

Nathan Risinger | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Nathan Risinger

Advertisers frequently trade on the implicit trust we have in medical professionals to sell products for their clients. For example, an advertisement promoting the consumption of 5-Hour Energy has recently been running on television.

Handicapping the Disabled

Nathan Risinger | Posted 12.03.2012 | Science
Nathan Risinger

It's time for a fundamental reassessment of the way we talk about, and act towards the disabled. There is the assumption that by being physically different they are somehow by definition at a disadvantage.

Bioethics: The Failure of a Bad Idea

Tom Koch | Posted 11.11.2012 | Science
Tom Koch

Bioethicists are everywhere these days, commenting on abortion, euthanasia, and health policy. But the foundation myth of bioethics is at best inadequate, if not demonstrably false.

New Atheism And The Same Old Story

Michael Pettinger | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
Michael Pettinger

The histories of "science" and "religion" deserve more thought and attention than a Facebook meme allows. That history is still being made.

Sharing Office Cubicles... and Diagnoses

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Coworkers occupy peculiar in-between roles in our lives. Most days, we spend at least half of our waking hours with them. Disclosing our personal problems to them can offer advantages, generating social support, or can prompt stigma and discrimination.

Autism and Genes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

How we -- as individuals and as a society -- respond to burgeoning genetic discoveries will be as important as these discoveries themselves.

Vigilantes in Scrubs

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 06.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

We need specific legal protection for professionals who honor their patients' end-of-life decisions and follow best-practice standards for managing end-of-life agonies.

'Green' Scientists Offer Controversial Blueprint For 'Engineered Humans'

Posted 03.30.2012 | Science

By: Wynne Parry, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 03/30/2012 07:27 AM EDT on LiveScience So far, conventional solutions to global warming ...

Genetics as Rohrshachs: Pondering Genes and Fate

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

"I always knew I shouldn't have stayed in that job and that apartment," a social worker with breast cancer and a mutation for the disease recently tol...

Am I My Genes? The Question Of Fate, Free Will And Genetics

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Some feel that God is the ultimate cause of disease. Others don't know what to believe and ponder the "cosmic roll of the dice." "There has to be a purpose to all this happening," one woman told me. "There has to be."

Cloned Mammoths, Robotic Animals Coming To A Zoo Near You?

Posted 03.05.2012 | Science

In the future, going to the zoo will be pretty wild. From cloned versions of extinct animals and big habitats where human visitors and not the animals...