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Lessons from Ebola: Presidential Bioethics Commission Releases Recommendations on Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies

Elizabeth Fenton, 02/27/2015
This week the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released a brief, Ethics and Ebola: Public Health Planning and Response, to the admini...
Public Health

Measles, Vaccination, and the Tragedy of the Commons

Katharine Browne, 02/25/2015
After having been virtually eliminated in the United States in the year 2000, measles have made a comeback, with nearly 150 cases in 17 states and nearly 30 co...
Public Health

Vaccine Exemptions and the Church-State Problem

Dena S. Davis, 02/23/2015
The current measles outbreak has brought public attention to the ease with which vaccine exemptions are available. As the media continually inform us, 48 state...
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GM Mosquitoes: Risks and Emotions

Gregory E. Kaebnick, 02/20/2015
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Dying: Closing the Gap between What We Know and What We Do

Susan M. Wolf, Nancy Berlinger, and Bruce Jennings, 02/19/2015
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Altering Nature to Preserve It

Gregory E. Kaebnick, 02/06/2015
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Controlling the End Game of Dementia

Paul T. Menzel and M. Colette Chandler-Cramer, 02/03/2015
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Modern Day Mengeles

Alessandra Hirsch, 01/12/2015
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OHRP’s Dangerous Draft Guidance

John D. Lantos, Carl D’Angio, David Magnus, Bray Patrick-Lake, Jon Tyson, andBenjamin Wilfond, 12/21/2014
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Two Cheers for Choosing Wisely

Dena S. Davis, 12/18/2014
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