Tag: Bioethics

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    A promising new medical technique known as gene editing—deleting, inserting, or replacing genes in human cells—has the potential to cure many genetic diseases. But ethicist Marcy Darnovsky of the Center for Genetics and Society is concerned about the safety of the technology, the ethical questions it raises, the unintended consequences that may be passed on to future generations, and the possibility of wealthy parents genetically enhancing their children regardless of medical necessity. More

    July 2, 2015 | Comments

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    A neuroscientist and an ethicist ponder the subject of violence and how to prevent it: “It’s beyond a reasonable doubt now that there is this brain basis to crime,” says Professor Adrian Raine. But “we have to be very careful how we use this information,” warns Professor Paul Wolpe. More

    March 7, 2014 | Comments

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    “Our main goal is not to cause any harm or additional stress to families,” says Nancy Spinner, head of genomic diagnostics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. More

    August 9, 2013 | Comments

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    “Computers will match us in emotional intelligence, which includes our whole moral system,” says inventor and computer scientist Ray Kurzweil. More

    December 9, 2011 | Comments

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    Purposefulness and self-sacrifice in human life “can never be reduced to a machine,” according to this bioethicist. More

    December 9, 2011 | Comments

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    "Blood samples are sacred," says Carletta Tilousi, a Havasupai Indian, and "a major part of our spiritual, cultural, and religious identity." The tribe was recently involved in a dispute that raised ethical questions about research subjects and the use of genetic material.

    June 25, 2010 | Comments

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    Is the promise of direct-to-consumer genetic testing being oversold? What ethical and public policy concerns does selling genetic tests directly to the public raise? More

    June 11, 2010 | Comments

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    It’s been one year since President Barack Obama lifted the Bush era’s eight-year ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. More

    April 2, 2010 | Comments

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    David Masci, a senior research fellow at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, discusses religious, ethical, and moral perspectives on lifting federal funding limits on embryonic stem cell research.

    March 13, 2009 | Comments

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    Animal research has long been controversial. The medical benefits can be significant, although not always, and opponents argue the benefits are often outweighed by the pain and suffering inflicted on the animal.

    August 15, 2008 | Comments

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