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A new biotech partnership could bring the first baby thylacine to life within 10 years. But de-extinction is controversial – should we even be doing this?
Mouse emobryo model in the lab from day 1 to 8.
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In a huge milestone, researchers have grown a mouse embryo entirely from stem cells. Could humans be next?
A limited supply of donor organs, paired with a massive demand for transplants, has fuelled the global organ trafficking industry, which exploits poor, underprivileged and persecuted members of society as a source of organs to be purchased by wealthy transplant tourists.
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China’s industrial-scale organ trafficking practice has been executing prisoners of conscience and using their organs for transplantation for decades. This is known as forced organ harvesting.
DNA is a trove of personal information that can be hard to keep track of and protect.
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Both Macron and Madonna have expressed concerns about genetic privacy. As DNA collection and sequencing becomes increasingly commonplace, what may seem paranoid may instead be prescient.
Cancer-causing viruses like HPV can cause cells to divide indefinitely and, in the case of Henrietta Lacks, become immortal.
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The immortal cancer cells of Henrietta Lacks revolutionized the fields of science, medicine and bioethics. And they still survive today, more than 70 years after her death.
Debate about abortion is often a debate about rights – but whose?
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The definition of personhood is a key and contested philosophical issue that has made legalized abortion such a longstanding controversy.
We have moved beyond burning witches and lynching wrong-doers. So we should also stop shaming unvaccinated people. There are better ways to change behaviour.
People wait at O. R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa on Nov. 26, 2021, as many nations moved to stop air travel from the country.
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Should countries require COVID-19 vaccination for entry while vaccines remain globally scarce?
Research suggests that about 20% of all prescriptions are administered “off-label.”
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The CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine provider agreement prohibits health care professionals from administering the vaccines in people for whom they are not yet authorized or approved. But this departs from longstanding norms.
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Emotive claims, like COVID vaccination being unethical or coercive, are more likely to be shared on social media. But we can fight back.
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It’s unvaccinated people, not the vaccinated, who are most at risk when unvaccinated people are allowed in shops.
People wait in line to receive a vaccine shot against COVID-19 in Belgrade, Serbia, Aug. 17, 2021. Serbia and other countries have started administering booster doses. Meanwhile, more than half the world’s population has not had a first dose.
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Scientists debate the medical benefits of booster shots. But there’s another aspect to consider: bioethics.
While the prospect of reviving extinct species has long been discussed, advances in genome editing have now brought such dreams close to reality.
The notion of vaccine mandates is being debated all over the world as some states move to legally require COVID-19 vaccination.
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At its core, the constitution holds a moral vision of people as autonomous moral agents, capable of rationally forming their own opinions.
Vaccine mandates are being debated all over the world.
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Ethically, vaccine mandates are justifiable on multiple levels, based on the common good and a public health ethics framework.
Pondering the ethical considerations?
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Should people be compelled to take the vaccine? Should you feel guilty for skipping the line? And what about parts of the world where vaccines aren’t readably available? Ethicists have it covered.
Keeping kids safe is complicated and requires care for both physical and mental health.
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A moral philosopher and bioethicist offers parents some tips for weighing family masking decisions.
Human embryo research is used to understand foetal development and its applications in treating or eliminating disease.
In most countries, scientific research that uses human embryos has to halt after the 14th day. New guidelines recommend the public’s input in extending the time period.
A shot and a small fortune could entice some to get vaccinated.
Offering incentives to encourage good health behavior isn’t new, but it does raise concerns. A behavioral scientist explains how rewarding those taking a shot need not keep ethicists up at night.
Providing foreign aid is not always straightforward. But here are some practical ways Australia might be able to help India.