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Bioethics


Should we watch the Olympics?

Arthur L. Caplan and Brendan Parent | 09 August 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, ethics in sport, Olympic Games, Rio Olympics
Even couch potatoes are moral participants in the Rio Games.


Dissecting the age of ‘do harm’ medicine

Wesley J. Smith | 16 June 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: assisted suicide, bioethics, euthanasia, Julian Savulescu, Peter Singer
A leading voice in American bioethics peers into the future in his new book


The rights and wrongs of the Human Genome Project—Write

Karl D. Stephan | 07 June 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, HGP-Write, human genome project
It's hard to imagine how this venture can be achieved ethically


A woman’s right to choose surrogacy

Michael Cook | 31 May 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, surrogacy, Ukraine
A Ukrainian clinic uses feminist rhetoric to sell its services


Ethical objections to embryo research can trigger genuine progress

Philippa Taylor | 30 May 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, mitochondrial disease, three-parent embryos, UK
It now appears that the 'vital' 3-parent embryo technique may be harmful.


Looking ahead for new transplant techniques

Margaret Somerville | 23 May 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, head transplants, transplant surgery
An Italian surgeon wants to perform head transplants.


Scientists call for embryo experiments

Xavier Symons | 17 May 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, embryo experimentation, embryonic research, stem cell research
No tinkering with embryos over 14 days used to be the rule. Until now.


The Hippocratic Oath: quaint relic or solemn vow?

Philip Hawley, Jr | 06 May 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, Hippocratic Oath, medical ethics, medicine
Many who disparage the classic oath are drawn to the beauty of its virtues


“People have to start thinking out eugenics in a different way”

Philippa Taylor | 07 April 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, eugenics, Francis Crick, HFEA, UK
Why is a high profile, massively funded, European 'superlab' named after Francis Crick?


Organs at any price? Gestating for donating

Trevor Stammers | 14 March 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, bioethics, organ harvesting, organ transplants, UK
UK doctors may ask women who want an abortion to prolong their pregnancies to harvest organs


The dark past of anonymous sperm donation

Michael Cook | 25 January 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: assisted reproductive technology, bioethics, sperm donation
Few of the essentials have changed since the first recorded case in 1884.


A tragic case of modern bioethics

Philip Hawley, Jr | 14 January 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, euthanasia, withdrawal of treatment
Denying life-sustaining treatment to a patient who wanted to live.


Designing our descendants

Margaret Somerville | 08 January 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, eugenics, genetic engineering, IVF
Assisted human reproduction technology is growing ever more controversial.


The fatal flaws of the bioethics industry

David S. Oderberg | 18 December 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, natural law, utilitarianism
A philosopher criticises its superficiality and sophistry.


What The Martian can teach us about American health care

Craig Klugman | 12 November 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, health care, USA
It can be based on optimistic but unreasonable expectations.


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