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Bioethics


After three-parent babies, will there be “multiplex parenting”?

Michael Cook | 29 October 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, IVF, three-parent embryos
A debate over an IVF technique in Britain has serious social consequences.


Eugenics wasn’t always a dirty word

Calum MacKellar | 19 August 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, eugenics, Scotland
A Scottish bioethicist recalls famous Scots who wanted to create a better humanity.


Communism’s legacy: ethical yawns

Martin Solc | 31 July 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, Czech Republic, infanticide
A controversy over infanticide in the Czech Republic underscores indifference to many ethical issues.


“Is this the upshot of your experiment?”

Jill Burcham | 10 April 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, three-parent embryos
A Nathaniel Hawthorne tale of scientific obsession sheds light on today's designer children.


Barcoding embryos

Michael Cook | 04 March 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, IVF
What message is being sent when you begin life as a number?


Stunning discovery creates ethical stem cells

Michael Cook | 31 January 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, stem cells
Immersing cells in acid creates pluripotent stem cells? Who could believe that? But it could be the future.


Weighty problems

Michael Cook | 29 January 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, obesity, Roman banquets
Is there an ethical limit in the war on obesity?


Enduring power

J. Donald Boudreau | 08 January 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, Hippocratic Oath
After 2,400 years, the Hippocratic Oath still inspires doctors. Why is a leading bioethicist mocking it?


Are we educating doctors to participate in torture?

Craig Klugman | 12 November 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, medical ethics, torture, war on terror
A recent report has condemned the role that doctors and psychologists played in "enhanced interrogations".


International opposition grows to UK’s three-parent embryos

Jenny Leigh | 12 October 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, three-parent embryos, UK
The British government is about to embark on the precedent-shattering move of allowing genome engineering.


Organ trafficking is still a protected crime

Nancy Scheper-Hughes | 03 September 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, organ trafficking
Economic crises are creating a pool of desperate people who are willing to sell their kidneys for cash.


The dubious ethics of creating children with three genetic parents

Margaret Somerville | 23 July 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, biotechnology, genetic disorders
Violating an international consensus, the British government has authorized scientists to tinker with the human genome.


Jolie’s Choice

Michael Cook | 20 May 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, breast cancer, celebrities
Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy made headlines around the world. But is she sending women the right message?


Revisiting the “after-birth abortion” controversy

Shimon Glick | 07 May 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: after-birth abortion, bioethics, Jewish medical ethics
An expert on Jewish medical ethics says that the slippery slope is very real, no matter what some bioethicists may say.


The other controversial legacy

Michael Cook | 16 April 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, IVF, Nobel Prize, Robert Edwards
Robert Edwards, the inventor of IVF, died two days after Margaret Thatcher. History may show that his impact was even greater than hers.


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