Eugenics wasn’t always a dirty word
A Scottish bioethicist recalls famous Scots who wanted to create a better humanity.
Baby Gammy case reveals murky side of commercial surrogacy
Brokers are sending their clients to a handful of countries where it is legal to bear children for profit.
What if software could suffer?
A thought experiment proves that the reasoning for animal rights is on the wrong track.
IVF’s tarnished halo
A horror story from Utah shows the crumbling ethical foundations of the assisted reproduction industry.
“Is this the upshot of your experiment?”
A Nathaniel Hawthorne tale of scientific obsession sheds light on today's designer children.
The surrogacy industry treats women like disposable commodities.
What message is being sent when you begin life as a number?
Stunning discovery creates ethical stem cells
Immersing cells in acid creates pluripotent stem cells? Who could believe that? But it could be the future.
Turning a blind eye
Illegal abortion and perjury are frequent in Britain but the law does nothing.
Surprised by Freude
On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, here's a reflection on a famous child who could have been aborted.
After 2,400 years, the Hippocratic Oath still inspires doctors. Why is a leading bioethicist mocking it?
Are two out of three people really secret torturers?
The famous “obedience” experiments by Stanley Milgram: what did they really show?
Belgium, where death becomes the norm, living the exception
A documentary about ten years of legal euthanasia is a touchstone for radically different approaches to suffering.
Sweetening the pill
A young woman dissolves the sugar coating on the contraceptive pill and exposes its harmful, anti-woman core.
International opposition grows to UK’s three-parent embryos
The British government is about to embark on the precedent-shattering move of allowing genome engineering.
Paying the price for their autonomy
Some Belgian doctors have discovered an easy way to cover up their mistakes. By killing them.
Her perfect boy
A Florida mother shows what real love is as she cares for a child with Trisomy 18.
A daughter’s death and a father’s abortion pill battle
An Oklahoma law banning off-label use of abortion pills goes to the Supreme Court.
The painful quest of fertility junkies
A US$4 billion industry is selling its products to desperate and vulnerable women.
Since when did abortion trump the rule of law?
British officials claim that the prosecution of illegal sex-selective abortion is not in the public interest. They are wrong.
Organ trafficking is still a protected crime
Economic crises are creating a pool of desperate people who are willing to sell their kidneys for cash.
23andMe, me, me
A medical historian deconstructs an advertisement for personalized genetics.
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