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The creation of humanlike intelligence in a nonbiological being would be the greatest achievement in human history.
Many experts believe this will happen within decades. What role should, or could, regulatory bodies play?
BIOETHICS FORUM ESSAY
The federal government’s proposed rule to disqualify families from public housing if any member is undocumented will harm children, families, and cities.
Should religion play a role in a doctor’s care of seriously ill patients? The author, a hematologist/oncologist who teaches Jewish medical ethics, writes: “A physician’s outlook may be shaped by religious standards without having to impose it on the patient.”
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has decided that female athletes with atypically high levels of testosterone must take testosterone-lowering medication in order to compete in certain events. I’m troubled by the precedent this sets.
If virtuous perfection of natural talents is what sports is all about, sports needs more people like Caster Semenya, the South African runner. But she is now ineligible for competing in middle distance events unless she takes medication to suppress her naturally high testosterone levels. Is this fair?
It was unethical for a fertility doctor to use his own sperm to inseminate patients without their consent. But what are the legal harms to the women? To their children?
The new indie movie William explores the question, What would it be like if a Neanderthal were born and raised in a modern, industrialized society today?
Should an elderly person in decent health but “tired of life” be able to die with a physician’s assistance? The Netherlands is grappling with this question.
It is a truism that good ethics begins with good facts. Here are some of the facts about the ethics and politics of heritable human genome editing from 2015 to 2019.
Last month, the journal Nature published a call for a global moratorium on heritable human genome editing. Despite criticism, notably from CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna, the moratorium is just what’s needed now.
As a public health researcher interested in brain injuries in sports, I was searching for peer-reviewed literature that examined cultural pressures that cause athletes to minimize symptoms of potentially serious injuries when I came across a 1994 article entitled, “A Little Pain Never Hurt Anybody: A Photo-Essay on the Normalization of Sport Injuries.” The identity… Read more
“Improving patient experience” has become the mantra of many health care facilities in a highly competitive and regulated environment. But just what is it about the patient experience that needs to be improved? Will better food and gift bags do the trick? Or are more basic changes required? To answer that question, I turned to… Read more