Bioethics Category

A few thoughts on the novel corona virus pandemic

At the moment the globe is still wrestling with the novel coronavirus. There is now new found hope that the promise of a few vaccines that show efficacy in early analysis will come to fruition and life can return to a certain level of normalcy. Early on numerous Bioethicists were being consulted on the matter […]

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CRISPR Founders Win Nobel Prize

Hi Ethic Nutters, As you may already know, Jennifer A. Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier have won the Nobel Prize for their work discovering and developing the method of CRISPR-Cas9. https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/nobel-prize-chemistry-2020-1.5753279 Congratulations! Andrew

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Throwing a person in front of a Trolley: When it’s Right and Why – An Armchair Ethics Post

Would you kill one person to save a group? Sounds like the worst choice anyone would ever have to make. How can you weigh one person’s life against another or multiple lives? Are all lives weighted in value equally? Are some people more worth saving than others, worth more than another person’s life? A commonly […]

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Will China’s Moral Difference Propel it Ahead of the West

Happy post-Halloween weekend Ethic Nutter’s. Today I saw an interesting article on SingularityHub about China’s use of CRISPR which I found compelled to write about. SingularityHub is a futurist source of news on issues shaping the future. In the article “Inside China’s Play to Become the World’s CRISPR Superpower” by Marc Prosser he reviews China’s […]

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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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