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Researchers have grown groups of brain cells in the lab – known as ‘organoids’ – that produce brain waves resembling those found in premature infants. from www.shutterstock.com

Fresh urgency in mapping out ethics of brain organoid research

Science is creating new living matter – like stem cells grown to create brain tissues in the lab. With power comes responsibility and what matters is an ethical question, not a scientific one.
A number of Australian nursing homes use Paro, a therapeutic robot that looks and sounds like a baby harp seal, to interact with residents with dementia. Angela Ostafichuk/Shutterstock

Before replacing a carer with a robot, we need to assess the pros and cons

It's easy to get excited about the potential for robots to help care for the sick, injured and elderly, but we need the right regulations in place to deal with issues as they emerge.
A man adds his comments to a spontaneous memorial of flowers and sidewalk writing that has appeared a block from the Tree of Life Synagogue on Monday, Oct. 29. A gunman shot a killed 11 people while they worshipped at the synagogue the Saturday before. Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo

Educators must challenge the politics of evil

To grasp how extraordinary evils are often committed by ordinary people, we need to consider how we define evil, and most importantly, whom we consider to be the agents of evil.
Most people never have the chance to see how animals live in laboratories. from www.shutterstock.com

Is it time for Australia to be more open about research involving animals?

Since 2012, more than 120 of Britain’s universities, research institutions and pharmaceutical companies have signed a public pledge committing them to greater openness in their animal research programs.
Telomeres, a part of DNA that hold the key to biological aging. Lightspring/Shutterstock.com

Want to live longer? Consider the ethics

Several companies are trying to develop life extension methods that could enable some people to live far longer. There are some ethical dilemmas.
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Digital advertising and algorithms

Large-scale data collection and analysis can target consumer behaviour. Faced with the risk of drifts, transparency and ethics of algorithms become paramount.

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