Nurses collect samples from a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in Vancouver on April 21, 2020.
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Moral injury happens when someone is faced with a choice that violates deep moral beliefs. Health-care workers treating COVID-19 might be forced to choose between 'wrong' and 'wronger.'
Many ethical decisions will need to be made as patients seek treatment for Covid-19.
Medical staff treating a critical patient with COVID-19 at the Red Cross hospital in Wuhan, China.
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The principle of distributive justice will be stretched to its limits if the outbreak in South Africa mimics that in other settings.
Rather than basing decisions about ICU access on age, clinicians need to consider the potential benefits and burdens of treatments proposed for every patient.
How do we develop new drugs quickly yet safely? How prepared are we to give up some personal freedoms? And how do we allocate scarce resources? These are just some of the tough questions we face.
He Jiankui is reflected in a glass panel as he works at a computer at a laboratory in on Oct. 10, 2018.
The scientist who announced the world's first genome-edited twins received a prison sentence and a large fine for his research. But the systems that enabled him have not been held to account.
Sharing electronic medical records broadly could identify trends as well as mistakes, but it also poses privacy concerns.
A project involving tens of millions of patient records poses ethical issues, even though patients could ultimately gain. Here's why privacy concerns are a hurdle.
The use of HIV-positive organs is now a well-established practice in South Africa.
New research supports kidney transplants from HIV-positive donors to recipients with HIV.
Researchers are developing artificial wombs as we speak. So we need to talk about the pros and cons before science fiction becomes reality.
Yes, there are pros and cons of this new reproductive technology. But there are many other issues about maternal and child health we need to tackle first.
CRISPR has many applications, including targeted gene therapy, but the precision of the technology still has a way to go.
CRISPR technology is continually improving to make it more specific, but serious consideration should be given to when and how CRISPR is safe for gene editing.
What rights do you have when discussing medical treatments or test results with your doctor?
It's all very well having rights. But what do these rights really mean when you're with your GP, in hospital or in a nursing home?
The ethics of research trials for young people with gender dysphoria are complicated.
Young people with gender dysphoria have high rates of mental health issues which makes conducting ethical research trials complex.
Human challenge studies can be useful to test new vaccines and are increasingly being used internationally. Yet there are several ethical issues to consider.
Deliberately infecting people with a disease-causing agent as part of carefully considered medical research can be ethically acceptable or even necessary.
New innovations in neurotechnology should consider ethical, social and legal implications.
With increasing technological innovations in neuroscience, the field of neuroethics grows in relevance - especially when it comes to informing applications and policy.
On May 16, 2019, Madeleine Munier Apaire (shown here in June 2014), lawyer for Vincent Lambert’s nephew, considered that all remedies were “exhausted”.
The debate over Mr. Vincent Lambert's decision to discontinue his care overshadowed equally important judicial and ethical issues. A look back at a complex situation that will set a precedent.
What’s the best way to put the brakes on current research?
Scientists and ethicists have called for a five-year moratorium on editing human genes that will pass on to future generations. Yes, society needs to figure out how to proceed – but is this the best way?
Genetic information is relevant not only for an individual, but also their blood relatives, because it’s often hereditary.
Because genetic changes that cause cause health complications can be hereditary, the information affects not only the person with the mutation but also their biological relatives.
Editing just one gene in an embryo could create many unanticipated side-effects once the baby is born.
Genome editing technology has, and will always have, limits. Limits that are related not to the technology itself but to the intrinsic complexity of the human genome.
Embryos with eight cells.
China is pushing hard to lead a genome editing race.
A team of Canadian therapists have filed an application with Health Canada seeking permission to provide psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy to patients with terminal cancer.
Research shows therapeutic psilocybin to be a safe and effective antidote to end-of-life anxiety and depression. Does prohibition therefore violate our right to "life, liberty and security?"