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    Josephine Johnston

    • The Nebulous Ethics of Human Germline Gene Editing

      Posted on January 23, 2017

      Should scientists pursue research that would enable prospective parents to edit the genes of their future children in ways that could be passed onto subsequent generations? Not for now, according to the organizers of a summit held in Washington DC at the end of 2015. The three day International Summit on Human Gene Editing was… Read more

    • Why I Mostly Love ASB Bank’s IVF Ad

      Posted on December 20, 2010

      News reports say the television advertisement “sparked an uproar.” It chronicles a couple failing to conceive before getting a bank loan for IVF. The ad has been called “disgusting” and “exploitive of people in a desperate situation,” and apparently led to complaints to New Zealand’s Advertising Standards Authority. I have one major gripe with the ad.… Read more

    • The New Stem Cell Policy and Public Opinion

      Posted on March 27, 2009

      In a statement that appeared on Bioethics Forum a couple of days ago, ten members of the President’s Council on Bioethics state that federal funding for research using newly derived embryonic stem cell lines will violate “the deep moral convictions of many of our fellow citizens.” The objection needs to be put in perspective. Yes, many… Read more

    • Reprogrammed Skin Cells and Other Monkey Business

      Posted on November 21, 2007

      It was a busy week for stem cell research. First scientists in Oregon announced that they have created a cloned monkey embryo and extracted stem cells from it. Then, scientists in Japan and the United States reported generating pluripotent stem cells – cells very similar to those found in human embryos – from skin. What… Read more

    • Struck by Stroke, but not Stricken

      Posted on October 11, 2007

      This July 3, at around 9:30 in the evening, my father stepped outside to look at the moon. He didn’t stay out long; it was a cloudy night and the moon was hidden. When he returned to the living room, he was stumbling, one of his shoes had come off, and his mouth was hanging… Read more

    • Patents, Practices and the Progress of Stem Cell Research

      Posted on March 2, 2007

      If doing embryonic stem cell makes you unpopular, holding the patents on embryonic stem cell research could make you a pariah. Not only are you in a position to profit from the destruction of human embryos, but you could also be the greedy patent-holder standing between disease sufferers and a cure. Meet the Wisconsin Alumni… Read more

    • Putting Off Baby

      Posted on December 6, 2006

      One way for me to think about the past ten years of my life – from age 22 to age 32 – is as time spent seeing some of the world (India, Turkey, Europe, Peru, North America), adding a graduate degree, searching for a satisfying career, paying off my student loan, and finding a man… Read more

    • Against Hyphenated Ethics

      Posted on September 8, 2006

      Bioethics is only a little more than three decades old now (The Hastings Center is 36). But apparently “bioethics” is no longer sufficiently specialized. A few years ago, “gen-ethics” made its appearance. Still more recently we’ve had “neuro-ethics” and “nano-ethics.” These labels seem to promise new arenas of ethical investigation keyed to new arenas of… Read more

    • Dirty, Filthy Love

      Posted on August 30, 2006

      It takes Mark a long time to sit down. If he sits too quickly, he is “damaging my coccyx and spine with the impact. This, in turn, causes a ripple effect up through my body, neck jerking, sending head forward, causing teeth to gnash together and chip. At the same time, I am also damaging… Read more