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Katherine Drabiak

  • Hawaii’s New End-of-Life Law: Do the Additional Safeguards Withstand Scrutiny?

    Posted on May 4, 2018

    Last month, Hawaii became the seventh state, with the District of Columbia, to legalize physician-assisted suicide. Similar to some of the other state laws, Hawaii’s Our Care, Our Choice Act permits competent adults with a terminal illness and a diagnosis of less than six months to live to obtain a lethal prescription to use to… Read more

  • Engineering Consensus in the Development of Genome Editing Policy

    Posted on March 14, 2017

    In the past few weeks media outlets have been reporting on the release of Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics, and Governance from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. The report concluded that following more research, it would be ethical to initiate clinical trials using heritable, germline genome editing for therapeutic purposes subject to… Read more

  • Read the Fine Print Before Sending Your Spit to 23andMe

    Posted on February 26, 2016

    Editor’s note: This essay responds to an invitation (issued here and here) to submit commentaries on the ethical implications of partnerships between social media companies and biomedical researchers. The invitation is ongoing.  Our genomic sequence constitutes the most sensitive and personal of information: uniquely identifying us, revealing our propensity to develop certain diseases and conditions,… Read more