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New York City’s Compromise on Dangerous Circumcision Practice Leaves Infants at Risk

Elizabeth Reis, 03/05/2015
I would guess that most Americans, even Jewish Americans, had never heard of metzitzah b’peh until the recent controversy between ultra-Orthodox Jews and the N...
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Cognition Enhancement and Technological Unemployment

Michele Loi, 03/02/2015
One objection to the development of cognitive enhancers is that they are likely to benefit mainly people who can afford to buy them, and that they would put ev...
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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...
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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

OHRP’s Dangerous Draft Guidance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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