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Pouring cold water on ice buckets
Nathaniel Comfort | 29 August 2014 |
tags: biomedical science, funding, Lou Gehrig Disease
A scientist explains why he is not dumping water on his head for the Lou Gehrig campaign.


Dawkins, and what to do about a baby with Downs
Laura Perrins | 22 August 2014 |
tags: abortion, Down syndrome, Richard Dawkins
Advice offered on Twitter sounds brutal - and it is.


Eugenics wasn’t always a dirty word
Calum MacKellar | 19 August 2014 |
tags: bioethics, eugenics, Scotland
A Scottish bioethicist recalls famous Scots who wanted to create a better humanity.


Whose baby is it?
Philippa Taylor | 15 August 2014 |
tags: IVF, parenthood
Italian judges will need the wisdom of Solomon to sort out the latest tragic IVF mix-up.


In denial: breast cancer establishment continues to reject abortion link
Gerard M. Nadal | 14 August 2014 |
tags: abortion-breast cancer link
An event in Australia sparks the latest airing of the orthodox position.


The power of cuteness
Nicholas Tonti-Filippini | 12 August 2014 |
tags: Down syndrome, surrogacy
The story of a deserted baby exposes contradictory attitudes towards children with Down syndrome.


When ‘exciting’ trumps ‘honest’
Robert de Vries | 06 August 2014 |
tags: science, science journals, scientific method
Traditional academic journals are encouraging bad science by chasing sensational results.


Baby Gammy case reveals murky side of commercial surrogacy
Sonia Allan | 05 August 2014 |
tags: commercialization, commodification of human life, surrogacy
Brokers are sending their clients to a handful of countries where it is legal to bear children for profit.


There’s something very familiar about the UK dying debate
Caroline Farrow | 04 August 2014 |
tags: abortion, euthanasia, UK
Lords and celebrities endorse choice, others find they have little.


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


Should birth certificates lie?
Philippa Taylor | 28 July 2014 |
tags: birth certificates, IVF, sperm donation
Too many children are denied the right to know who their genetic parents are.


Scientific truth and its real enemies today
Javier Cuadros | 25 July 2014 |
tags: climate change, funding, science
The scramble for funds and the pursuit of relevance make us all losers.


Unpacking the labels in the abortion debate
Margaret Somerville | 26 June 2014 |
tags: abortion, Canada
Like North Korea and China, Canada has no abortion law. What is to be done?


Why is Richard Dawkins scaring kids out of reading fairy tales?
Martin Fitzgerald | 13 June 2014 |
tags: Darwinism, evolution, Richard Dawkins
It's peculiar advice from someone who believes in them himself.


Why are men more in favour of abortion?
Philippa Taylor | 10 June 2014 |
tags: abortion, gender stereotypes
Polls show that men are more liberal on abortion limits than women.


What if software could suffer?
Michael Cook | 03 June 2014 |
tags: artificial intelligence, Jeremy Bentham, Peter Singer, utilitarianism
A thought experiment proves that the reasoning for animal rights is on the wrong track.


Is this democracy? 28 EU commissioners veto 2 million strong petition
Carolyn Moynihan | 30 May 2014 |
tags: abortion, democracy, embryonic stem cell research, European Union
You don’t have to be a Eurosceptic to have issues with Big Europe.


Motherhood at 40: how women came to believe a modern myth
Miriam Zoll | 29 May 2014 |
tags: infertility, IVF
It's time the media and sex education told the truth about women's fertility.


Paid for her silence: the exploitation of Kylee Gilman
Jennifer Lahl | 19 May 2014 |
tags: egg donation
No one should prey upon vulnerable women, endangering their health to harvest their eggs.


The abortion selfie of Emily Letts
Kelly Bartlett | 13 May 2014 |
tags: abortion, YouTube
A young actress gained instant notoriety when she posted her abortion on YouTube.


It’s true, denying IVF to gay men is unfair discrimination
Lea Singh | 08 May 2014 |
tags: reproductive technology, same-sex parenting
The rights of the child have already been swept aside for others.


IVF’s tarnished halo
Michael Cook | 06 May 2014 |
tags: assisted reproductive technology, IVF, sperm donation
A horror story from Utah shows the crumbling ethical foundations of the assisted reproduction industry.


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