The Hastings Center Report

March - April 2014

Vol. 44, No. 2


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A Decade’s Worth of Gene-Environment Interaction Studies, in Hindsight

Erik Parens, 04/23/2014
In the early 2000s, Avshalom Caspi, Terrie Moffitt, and their colleagues published two papers (here and here), which suggested that we could finally begin to t...
Bioethics and the Law

Genetic Testing in Torts Litigation – Justice or Injustice?

Maya Sabatello, 04/18/2014
Genetic testing to identify the susceptibility of individuals to developing specific disorders or to confirm diagnoses is becoming increasingly common in clini...
Health Policy

Despite the Risks, and Because of Them, the FDA Should Permit Recycling Medical Implants

Arthur L. Caplan, 04/15/2014
It is hard to quibble with the fact that Dr. Daniel Mascarenhas is breaking the law. It is also hard to quibble with the fact that he is a hero.The doctor is b...
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Bioethics and the Law

Borderline Disorder: Medical Personnel and Law Enforcement

Dien Ho, Kenneth A. Richman, and Mark Bigney, 04/03/2014
Science and Society

Synthetic Chromosomes

Gregory E. Kaebnick, 03/28/2014
Science and Society

What’s at Stake with Genetically Modified Organisms

Gregory E. Kaebnick, 02/25/2014

Truvada: No Substitute for Responsible Sex

Richard M. Weinmeyer, 02/14/2014
Science and Society

De-Extinction: Could Technology Save Nature?

Gregory E. Kaebnick, 02/07/2014
Health Care

Bioethics and the Dogma of “Brain Death”

Franklin G. Miller and Robert D. Truog, 02/03/2014
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Retraction Watch

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Big Data + Big Pharma = Big Money 

Charles Ornstein, ProPublica

"Need another reminder of how much drugmakers spend to discover what doctors are prescribing? Look no further than new documents from the leading keeper of such data."

U Faculty Calls for Review of Controversial Drug Study

Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune

 "Nearly a decade after Dan Markingson died by suicide while participating in a U of M drug trial for schizophrenics, the U’s Faculty Senate raised his death as a reason to re-examine their institution’s handling of vulnerable research subjects."  

 Make Your Wishes Known 

Ashwaq Masoodi, The Atlantic
The story of a 36-year-old man on life support whose family pulled the plug, and what happened next."

Transforming Diagnosis
Thomas Insel, National Institute of Mental Health
"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."