Bioethics Category

A Very Short Brief on the Benefits of Palliative Care

The Benefits of Palliative Care: Beyond relief from suffering *** This brief addresses the following question: What benefits are there from palliative care beyond the usual relief from pain and suffering? *** The benefits of palliative care beyond that of relieving pain and suffering are starting to come to light. Not only is palliative care […]

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Subject-of-a-life

This paper summarizes Tom Regan’s theory of “subject-of-a-life” then through critical analysis of his main criteria examines how reasonable each criterion is in determining a “subject-of-a-life”. Regan’s theory is then tested on a specific ethical dilemma to see how applicable it is to everyday situations. Tom Regan formulates an environmental ethics for animals using a […]

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Genetic Testing: No going back but not there yet

Hello Ethic Nutters, Recently in the news are reports of 23andMe not being as great as some people expect. See news story: Don’t Count on 23andMe Study Warns What I think the lesson here is, is that we shouldn’t rely on simple over-the-counter advice at any stage of the decision-making process. Which is what 23andMe essentially […]

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Conflict of Autonomy

A 38-year-old father does not want his 18-year-old daughter to have a test done for Huntington’s disease on her fetus. His reason for this is that if the test comes back positive, he will also know that he has Huntington’s which he has carefully thought about in the past and decided he did not want […]

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Researcher in China builds first engineered human

In a stunning first in genetic engineering, a Chinese researcher has engineered a human. This incredible achievement is one of a number of firsts coming from China recently in the area of genetic engineering. But is all of this at a cost to our morals? Can we allow this path to continue in one region […]

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Treating Dax Cowart

The Dax Cowart case involves many ethical questions and issues ranging from what role physicians should play, to whether or not in this case the physicians made the right decision in treating Dax, even though it was against his decision. It is the goal of this paper to show that the physicians did, in fact, […]

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China’s Dominance in Pushing the Genetic Engineering Envelope

Hello Ethic Nutters, In the news another first to take note of by China.  Remember just a little earlier this year the cloning of primates, well now Chinese scientists have achieved the birth of baby mice by “two mums and no dad”. See the following link for the BBC story: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-45801043 It can be certain, as […]

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Editing human embryos “morally permissible”

July 17, 2018 While we can tell an acorn from an oak tree, it doesn’t stop the acorn from growing into an oak tree. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-44849034

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Art Caplan on Trump’s Doctor

Hello Ethics Nutters, An interesting interview with Art Caplan on the most recent Trump scandal involving his former Doctor. Interesting to hear what he has to say. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBJuFFo3hKw&t=216s&index=1&list=FLSrpD4fhC5a9QMxo3hP9lXg Andrew

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What is the study of Bioethics?

Hello Ethic Nutters, It always came up when I was in my undergrad, what is bioethics? Here is the one and only Ezekiel Emanuel answering that question that so many people misunderstand. Have a great weekend, Andrew

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