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Sociogenomics: Lifting the Veil of Ignorance for a Kiss

Hello Ethic Nutters, This morning I found an interesting article in WIRED Magazine by Megan Molteni. It was about a research project by David Hill which examined if there is a link between our genes and income. The article then discussed the growing field of Sociogenomics. David’s assertion was that there is a link between […]

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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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AI and the Drive of the Future

With TESLA being the darling of electronic and self-driving cars, and many following their lead, AI’s role in how we will be driven, no longer drive, is of significant importance. AI itself is in early stages and far from able to analyze the full environment around a car while in motion. Not only is it […]

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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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Accountability. Where is it?

All too often politician’s will say one thing then do something entirely different. The need to get support often leads a politician to make claims which either cannot be supported in real terms or for which there was never a true desire to fulfill. Sometimes these statements are made to a wide and large audience […]

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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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Temperatures Impact and Climate Change Affecting Nesting of Sea Turtles

It seems as though today concern for the environment is again in the media and for good reason. Seems that not only are our seas damaged, not beyond repair, and sea animals at jeopardy of vanishing, but the very oceans themselves are increasingly becoming dumping grounds for plastic products of all varieties. In the news […]

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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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Cloning in the News

Hello Ethics Nutters, Another step towards being able to successfully clone humans was made last week. In China, scientists were able to clone macaque monkeys to improve biomedical research. To read more about the news without the media spin check out bioethics.net (http://www.bioethics.net/2018/01/monkey-see-human-do-cloning-macaque-monkeys-with-fetal-cells/) To read the actual article that will be published in the February […]

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