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Jonathan D. Moreno

  • Did Russia’s Most Influential Bioethicist Get a Coronavirus Vaccine?

    Posted on August 17, 2020

    Along with the announcement that his government had approved Sputnik V, the supposed Russian coronavirus vaccine, Vladimir Putin also indulged in a moment of paternal pride: Wanting to confirm his personal confidence in the vaccine, he mentioned that one of his daughters was among the early recipients. This raises a couple of intriguing questions: Which daughter was it? And why does it matter?

  • Is the Coronavirus Pandemic Accelerating Bioethics Nationalism?

    Posted on August 9, 2020

    The global crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic and the rush to create and distribute a vaccine widely hoped to be a “silver bullet” that can facilitate a return to “normalcy” threatens to upend seven decades of assumptions about bioethical norms.

  • Globalized Science in a Deglobalizing World

    Posted on February 17, 2020

    The arrest of Harvard chemist and nanobiologist Charles Lieber on charges of lying about his research funding from China encapsulates two phenomena currently in tension: the global nature of modern science and attempts to nationalize the fruits of science.

  • Should Pandora’s Brain Be Regulated?

    Posted on May 20, 2019

    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?

  • What Are the Rules for Ethical Medication of Migrant Kids?

    Posted on July 2, 2018

    Reports that migrant children held by the Office of Refugee Resettlement are being drugged require an immediate and unambiguous response by the Trump administration. According to court filings, the drugs that are alleged to be among those given to children without their parents’ consent include clonazepam, duloxetine, guanfacine, geodon, olanzapine, latuda and divalproex. Drugging children without… Read more

  • Vive la Bioéthique? France’s Bioethics Initiative

    Posted on February 2, 2018

    Little noticed in the United States but a big deal in France, President Emmanuel Macron announced in January that he is creating a bioethics commission to review the country’s policies on a wide range of subjects, including human reproduction, euthanasia, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence. It’s a unique initiative driven by a problem that has bedeviled… Read more

  • A Trump Bioethics Commission?

    Posted on November 10, 2016

    The smoke and the Sturm und Drang haven’t cleared from the greatest upset since Harry Truman defeated Tom Dewey in 1948 but it’s still possible to read some tea leaves about the role of bioethics in the new administration. To start at the top, one feature of bioethics that has set it apart from other… Read more

  • The Era of the Motherless Embryo Just Got a Lot Closer

    Posted on October 20, 2016

    About eight years ago, as the controversy about research involving human embryonic stem cells was winding down and Barack Obama was about to take office, I had one of my regular lunches with a respected conservative policy expert. We had come to be friends who respectfully disagreed about embryonic stem cell research and other bioethics… Read more

  • “Testing in the East”: An Episode in Cold War Bioethics

    Posted on September 21, 2016

    In 2013 the influential German magazine Der Spiegel published an expose about clinical trials conducted by Western drug companies in East Germany during the Cold War. The magazine reported that at least 50,000 people had been test subjects for around 900 studies done by manufacturers that included leading companies from Switzerland, the United States, and… Read more

  • The Real Story Behind the Goldwater Rule

    Posted on August 26, 2016

    “The Presidency should not be used as a platform for proving one’s manhood . . .” “Inwardly he is a frightened person who sees himself as weak and threatened by strong virile power around him . . .” “Since his nomination I find myself increasingly thinking of the early 1930s . . .” “Unconsciously he… Read more

  • Bioethics after Brexit

    Posted on June 30, 2016

    It is too soon to know how the crisis that has been created by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union will play out.  But it is worth considering that the field of bioethics has a grave stake in the outcome.  Modern bioethics is to a great extent a product of the liberal international system… Read more