An impossible sight – but maybe not for long.
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Two conservation scholars break down what de-extinction looks like – and the debate over whether it could do any good.
AI can be like having a high-level personal assistant.
Early adopters have started using ChatGPT to assist with mundane tasks like writing sick certificates and patient letters.
Anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in 1985, the 12th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
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Looking at the underlying philosophical and moral questions involved in abortion debates can help explain why it’s such an intensely divisive issue.
He Jiankui seemed unprepared for the furor set off by his bombshell announcement.
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Scientific and public uproar resulted when the Chinese scientist announced the births of the first human babies with heritable edits to their genes. A new documentary reexamines the saga.
Brain-computer interfaces raise many ethical questions about how and whether they should be used for certain applications.
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From warfare to entertainment and VR, brain-computer interface development has extended beyond prosthetics for patients with disabilities. Missing is full ethical consideration of the consequences.
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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.