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Human Reproduction

Have a Miscarriage and Go to Jail? Potential Consequences of Personhood Amendments

Bertha Alvarez Manninen, 01/27/2015
When she was 18, Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez Aldana was sentenced to 30 years in jail. Her crime was delivering a stillborn baby. She was suspected of having had ...
Health Policy

Don’t Categorically Refuse CPR to Ebola Patients

Paul J. Edelson , 01/15/2015
Recently it has been argued that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) should, as a matter of policy, not be offered to persons with Ebola disease. Such a catego...
Human Rights

Modern Day Mengeles

Alessandra Hirsch, 01/12/2015
“No power in the world will make us deny our duty, or forget even for a moment our historical task of maintaining the freedom of our people.”-- Joseph Goebbels...
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OHRP’s Dangerous Draft Guidance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

Two Cheers for Choosing Wisely

Dena S. Davis, 12/18/2014
Health Policy

Responding to Ebola: Health Care Professionals’ Obligations to Provide Care

Joel Frader and Lainie Friedman Ross, 11/07/2014
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Synthetic Biology: A Study in Reinvention

Gregory E. Kaebnick, 09/25/2014
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"While DSM has been described as a “Bible” for the field, it is, at best, a dictionary, creating a set of labels and defining each."