A photo of Jahi McMath shown at her funeral service at Acts Full Gospel Church in Oakland, Calif.
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California teenager Jahi McMath's family refused to accept the diagnosis of brain death. Her case opens up a number of questions – among them – what role did race play?
Users may want to know more than what’s in a basic report from a genetic testing company.
Data and privacy issues are tangled up in the DNA reports consumers get from big genetic testing companies – and the third-party sites they turn to in order to glean more from their raw DNA.
Who gets to decide for the dead, such as this Egyptian mummy?
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Are DNA samples today's version of the human skeletons that hung in 20th-century natural history museums? They can provide genetic revelations about our species' history – but at an ethical price.
Probes that can transmit electricity inside the skull raise questions about personal autonomy and responsibility.
Where does responsibility lie if a person acts under the influence of their brain implant? As neurotechnologies advance, a neuroethicist and a legal expert write that now's the time to hash it out.
Scientists are using a powerful gene editing technique to understand how human embryos develop.
A new gene editing experiment explores human development. With this comes new ethical questions: How do scientists acquire embryos and how are their projects approved?
For patients with chronic pain, the answer isn’t simple.
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If opioids prevent significant suffering, then the solution to the prescription opioid problem cannot simply be to stop using them.
With all these ‘test-tube babies’ grown up, how have our reactions to the technology evolved?
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Americans have moved on from worrying about ‘test-tube babies’ – but there are still ethical challenges to resolve as reproductive technologies continue to advance.
Controversial gene editing should not proceed without citizen input and societal consensus.
A team in the U.S. is said to have safely and effectively altered human embryos. The news is a reminder that citizens must be consulted on developments potentially affecting the future of the species.
Could genetic engineering one day allow parents to have designer babies?
William Isdale talks to Professor Julian Savulescu about the ethical implications of geneticaly modifying humans.
A subject plays a computer game as part of a neural security experiment at the University of Washington.
BCI devices that read minds and act on intentions can change lives for the better. But they could also be put to nefarious use in the not-too-distant future. Now's the time to think about risks.
The ‘immortal’ HeLa cells.
Henrietta Lacks's 'immortal' cells changed medical research – although she never knew that.
Gene therapy is growing in its capabilities, but there should be limits to its use.
A report released by the US National Academies of Science and Medicine underscores the potential of gene editing and acknowledges the sensitivities in managing the ethical dimensions.
It’s not always obvious where a new technology will end up.
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A scientific breakthrough in a vacuum may be free of ethical implications. But many developments can be used for good or evil, or both. There's a fine balance on what to control and to what extent.
Blood is drawn from an unidentified patient during a routine exam Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 at a Boston area medical clinic.
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New regulations for research with human blood and tissue try to balance scientific progress with patient privacy.
A discipline neither good nor evil.
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Maybe you think neuroscience has a peaceable history of benign efforts to improve lives and enhance human capacities. But its origins and development tell a different story – with ethical implications.
The science of reanimating the dead from deep freeze is one thing. But even if possible, it poses serious social and legal questions.
Now’s the time to think about what we’re getting into with neurotechnologies.
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How will neurotech evolve? An NAS workshop this week focuses on social and ethical opportunities and challenges we face both now and down the road.
Are your colleagues using drugs to succeed at work?
Smart drugs are known to boost cognition in healthy people – but are they a form of cheating?
Growing human organs in pigs mean they’re doing our dirty work for us.
We're living longer and more ill lives – could we use animals to grow human organs for transplants?
Who owns your thoughts? And other important questions raised by technology.
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New and imagined digital technologies have important ethical implications. We should devise relevant social norms through a high-profile, public, collaborative process.