Potential benefits of human genome editing include new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent genetic disorders. But there’s a significant gap in regulation.
France is requiring people to prove their Covid status in order to access public spaces like cinemas and restaurants. Here’s why that’s a problem.
There are two schools of thought.
Pausing COVID-19 vaccine rollouts can backfire. There are better ways to manage safety issues while they’re being investigated.
There is a difference between people who deliberately seek out vaccines outside the system, and those who are offered them because they’re about to expire.
Medical decision-making is often based on universal principles of fairness. But what happens when systemic racism means the dice are rigged to begin with?
Deemed consent organ donation means that everyone is assumed to be an organ donor unless they opt out, but assuming consent raises some ethical issues.
States and hospitals are starting to declare ‘crisis standards of care’ as the pandemic floods their ERs. The orders have consequences – both good and bad, as a medical ethicist explains.
So far, the only COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use need to be kept frozen. But there are many places in the world that can’t support a cold supply chain.
There’s no guarantee future COVID-19 vaccines will work in the elderly. So we can consider vaccinating the young first to protect them. Here’s what we need to work out first.
Cyber-attacks on medical devices and hospital networks are a growing threat, and patients have the right to know.
The detailed work of making the End of Life Choice Act work in practice now begins, including the decision about how assisted dying will be funded.
No-one wants our children to be used as research guinea pigs. High standards of ethical oversight are needed to ensure no child is exposed to possible harm.
There are many scientific and ethical challenges ahead. But these types of trials have helped in the development of vaccines against a few diseases. Could they do the same for COVID-19?
When a celebrity, politician or other influential person checks in, a health care team can feel pressured to give in to a VIP’s wishes.
At a secret location in London, volunteers will receive a COVID vaccine and subsequently be deliberately infected with the coronavirus.
Without a clear plan, valuable time will be lost.
A public health lawyer and ethicist explores the thorny issue of whether requiring people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 might be necessary. And if so, can people object citing their faith?
Church leaders have raised concerns over a COVID-19 vaccine produced using cells derived from aborted foetuses. But the Vatican has already ruled such vaccines ‘morally separate’ from the abortions.
Conventional trials to test coronavirus vaccines are paradoxically slowed down by actions to curb the disease’s spread. Human challenge trials are more controversial, but could speed up the process.