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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.

The fragile case for new brittle bone treatment

Philippa Taylor | 22 October 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, bioethics, utilitarianism
Human beings should never be means to an end.

This little piggy went to market

Michael Cook | 22 October 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: animal rights, bioethics, organ transplants
Will pigs provide an unlimited source of organs for sick humans?

Softening the public for GM babies

Philippa Taylor | 25 September 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, embryonic research
UK scientists are keen to take the next step in manipulating embryos.

Seeking eternal life in a freezer

Michael Cook | 17 September 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, cryonics, eternal life, immortality
Kim Suozzi, the young American woman with cancer who froze her head.

Bioethics is a moral imperative, Mr Pinker!

Matthew Beard | 04 August 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, philosophy, Steven Pinker
One of Harvard's stars wants to abolish words like dignity, sacredness, and social justice.

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