November Archive


29 November 2014 | Link
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands, organ donation

29 November 2014 | Link
tags: DNA data base, genetic privacy, Russia
Politicians from a minor nationalist party want the government to file fingerprints and DNA profiles of every Russian citizen.

29 November 2014 | Link
tags: gene of the week, genetics
More evidence that articles about genetic determinism are positively correlated with provocative headlines.

Xavier Symons | 29 November 2014 | Link
tags: future-transhumanism-ism-ism, futurism, retrofuturism, transhumanism
The latest predictions of futurist-cum-transhumanist Gray Scott in are certainly daring. But are they accurate?

Xavier Symons | 29 November 2014 | Link
tags: consciousness, human rights, personhood
Bioethics writer Virginia Hughes explores the complexities of trying to define personhood.

Xavier Symons | 29 November 2014 | Link
tags: ageing population, geriatrics
Two academics at Emory University have proposed a novel solution to providing healthcare for the elderly.

28 November 2014 | Link
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Nazi doctors, Wim Distelmans
About 70 people accompanied Belgian euthanasia doctor Wim Distelmans on his tour of Auschwitz last month.

22 November 2014 | Link
tags: ethics of war, Syria, targeting doctors, warfare
The situation of civilians under siege by the Assad regime in Syria is even worse than under ISIS, they claim.

22 November 2014 | Link
tags: surrogacy, UK
"When we announced we're actually having three babies of our own our families were stunned but overjoyed"

22 November 2014 | Link
tags: Egypt, female genital mutilation
The first doctor to be tried in Egypt for performing female genital mutilation has been acquitted.

22 November 2014 | Link
tags: Julian Savulescu, Peter Singer, utilitarianism
Nothing has done more to tarnish the prestige of utilitarianism in recent years than academic interest in trolley-ology.

22 November 2014 | Link
tags: egg freezing, fertility, IVF
Perhaps egg freezing doctors have learned from Antarctic explorer Shackleton that highlighting dangers may not discourage clients.

Xavier Symons | 22 November 2014 | Link
tags: Catholic bioethics, euthanasia, human ecology, Pope Francis
Pope Francis has condemned euthanasia, calling it “a sin against God the creator”.

Xavier Symons | 22 November 2014 | Link
tags: euthanasia, mental illness
An Australian academic recently argued that denying euthanasia to the mentally ill could be a form of unjust discrimination.

Xavier Symons | 22 November 2014 | Link
tags: conscientious objection, force-feeding, Guantanamo Bay, professional conduct
A US Navy nurse may be prosecuted after refusing to force-feed prisoners in Guantanamo Bay.



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