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    Jonathan D. Moreno

    • Vive La Bioethique? 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