New journal for law and bioethics

Xavier Symons | 22 March 2014 |
tags: bioethics, bioethics journals
A new journal has been launched, Law and the Biosciences.

Provocative new series in Journal of Medical Ethics

Michael Cook | 14 December 2013 |
tags: bioethics, death, Journal of Medical Ethics
The Journal of Medical Ethics is constantly innovating in the selection and presentation of its material. The latest feature is “Author Meets Critics”, a series in which authors present the principal arguments of a recent book, and then respond to a handful of critics.

Feeding the media beast

Michael Cook | 23 November 2013 |
tags: bioethics, media
How should bioethicists engage with media? Gingerly, says Dr Syd Johnson, of Michigan Technological University, in an essay on the Impact Ethics blog.

Bioethics is tough; why not abolish it?

Michael Cook | 19 October 2013 |
tags: bioethics, moral abolitionism
Moral abolitionists want to do away with morality altogether.

Peering into the future of bioethics

29 June 2013 |
tags: bioethics, sex-selective abortion
The president of the International Association of Bioethics tackles sex-selective abortion.

A new voice in bioethical debates

Michael Cook | 23 June 2013 |
tags: bioethics, journals
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at Oxford University is launching an open-source journal dealing with the application of philosophy to public policy

Vale Edmund Pellegrino

Michael Cook | 15 June 2013 |
tags: bioethics, bioethics commissions
Edmund Pellegrino, a “conservative” bioethicist who won the respect of colleagues of all persuasions, died this week at the age of 92.

Climate change is a bioethics issue, too

Michael Cook | 08 June 2013 |
tags: bioethics, climate change
Adventurous bioethicists seem to be continually pushing back the frontiers of their discipline. The latest conquest, or at least challenge, is climate change

Ethicists no more moral than other professionals, says new study

Xavier Symons | 01 June 2013 |
tags: bioethics, medical ethics
Ethicists like to think of themselves as morally good people. But a recent article in the journal Metaphilosophy questions this.

Are medical students ethically illiterate?

Xavier Symons | 01 June 2013 |
tags: bioethics, medical education, medical students
A recent study has indicated that medical students are not retaining the ethical terms taught to them in ethics classes.

Are bioethicists a “priestly caste”?

Michael Cook | 18 May 2013 |
tags: bioethics
Is bioethics compatible with democracy? This is not a question that surfaces very often in policy debates featuring prestigious bioethicists. However, in a provocative column in The Guardian, Nathan Emmerich, a young bioethicist, asks whether bioethicists are turning into a priestly caste:

An attack on academic freedom?

Michael Cook | 04 May 2013 |
tags: academic freedom, after-birth abortion, BioEdge, bioethics
Some bioethicists who feel at home in the utilitarian common room of the Journal of Medical Ethics described the imbroglio as an attack on academic freedom.

Call for input from bioethicists from the developing world

Michael Cook | 23 March 2013 |
tags: bioethics, developing world health
Who are the gatekeepers in bioethics? Does editorial bias or institutional racism exist in leading bioethics journals?

New pope unlikely to change bioethics stand

Michael Cook | 16 March 2013 |
tags: bioethics, Catholic Church
Judging from his 2011 book Sobre Cielo y Tierra, the new Pope's stand on bioethical issues is fully in sync with his predecessors.

UN report reframes bioethics as anti-torture ethic

Michael Cook | 09 March 2013 |
tags: bioethics, torture
A new United Nations report frames number of bioethical questions as issues of torture, giving a new twist to a number of controversial issues.

Scrap “unwinnable” war on drugs and fight antibiotic misuse instead, says philosopher

Michael Cook | 23 February 2013 |
tags: bioethics, drug abuse
Governments should stop squandering resources fighting an "unwinnable war" against illegal drugs. Instead, they should work on curbing antibiotic misuse, which poses a far more serious threat to human health, an American philosopher argues in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Does Western bioethics ignore the family?

Michael Cook | 07 February 2013 |
tags: bioethics, family
The emergence of a family centred bioethics

A surprise bioethics best-seller for 2013?

Michael Cook | 27 January 2013 |
tags: bioethics, Catholic Church
Here’s a New Year’s prediction. The world’s biggest-selling bioethics book this year will not be written by anyone from the University of Pennsylvania, Oxford, Harvard or Monash.

One thing is the theory. Another is real life.

Michael Cook | 01 December 2012 |
tags: bioethics, commercialization, insider trading
Former bioethics student involved in insider trading scandal

Queer bioethics holds its first conference

Michael Cook | 21 September 2012 |
tags: bioethics, queer bioethics
The novel field of “queer bioethics” held its first national conference today at the University of Pennsylvania.
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