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  • National Endowment for the Humanities Supports New Hastings Center Project on Disability, Technology, and Flourishing

    Posted on May 14, 2019

    Through a series of public events featuring writers, scholars, and artists with disabilities, the project will explore how technologies can be used to promote or thwart human flourishing.

  • New York City Initiative to Cover the Uninsured Reflects Hastings Research, Recommendations

    Posted on May 9, 2019

    On May 7, New York City officials unveiled details of NYC Care, a new  program in the nation’s largest public health system that aims to improve health care access for about 300,000 low-income New Yorkers who are ineligible for insurance because of their immigration status. The initiative, announced in January, reflects lessons from a 2016-2017… Read more

  • Upcoming Event – Genomics Enters the Clinic: What Should Savvy Consumers Know?

    Posted on May 6, 2019

    Genetics is finally being integrated into the clinic: cancer patients are having their cancer’s genome sequenced, fertility patients are having their embryos tested, and parents are being offered sequencing of their newborn babies.

  • Stanley S. Bergen, Jr., Remembered

    Posted on April 30, 2019

    Hastings Center president Mildred Solomon and the board of directors are saddened by the passing of Stanley S. Bergen, Jr., a member of the Center’s board of directors from 1985 to 2004; he was board chair for the last six years of his term. He died peacefully at home in Maine on April 24. Dr.… Read more

  • What’s Actually Wrong with Sports Doping?

    Posted on April 10, 2019

    What’s actually wrong with doping—if all athletes had access to the same performance-enhancing drugs, wouldn’t that make competitions fair?  If the purpose of sport is to maximize performance, shouldn’t we welcome technologies that do that? How should the values that give our lives meaning shape how, and whether, we use biomedical “enhancements”? These are among… Read more

  • Is it Ethical to Genetically Edit Sports Animals?

    Posted on March 12, 2019

    Breeders have worked for centuries to produce animals, such as greyhounds or racehorses, with traits for peak sport performance. Today, gene editing technologies such as CRISPR could accomplish in one generation what used to take decades: the creation of faster, stronger, or more resilient sports animals. Some animal sports enthusiasts believe that gene editing could… Read more

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