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World’s first GM babies born

Michael Hanlon Daily Mail The world’s first genetically modified humans have been created, it was revealed last night. The disclosure that 30 healthy babies were born after a series of experiments in the United States provoked another furious debate about … Continue reading

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The latest goss on infanticide

Michael Cook BioEdge A Washington Post blog has announced that the editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, Julian Savulescu, is preparing a special issue on infanticide. This follows the world-wide controversy over the JME’s February 23 article, “After-birth abortion: … Continue reading

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TEDxBirmingham – Stephen Black -The Future of Civic Responsibility in Birmingham

Stephen Black TED Stephen Black studied American History at The University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in 1993 graduating magna cum laude, before attending Yale Law School where he graduated in 1997. Following law school, Black moved … Continue reading

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Synthetic biology could lead to disaster, says Oxford bioethicist

Michael Cook BioEdge Julian Savulescu, of Oxford’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, has issued a dramatic warning about the dangers of synthetic biology. He believe that it easily could be used to synthesise lethal new organisms which could kill vast … Continue reading

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Scans could catch benefits cheats

Source: Guardian Brain scans that test individual pain experience could be used to spot benefit cheats within 10 years, it has been claimed. Imaging and other aspects of neuroscience could also be used in future to assess the public risk … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season of fulminant fruitiness

BioEdge Newspapers have their “silly season” of shock-horror absurdities in the slow news summer months. How about bioethics journals? When two very loopy articles surface in peer-reviewed journals in as many weeks, it’s clearly February and March. First there was … Continue reading

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How Engineering the Human Body Could Combat Climate Change

Ross Andersen The Atlantic From drugs to help you avoid eating meat to genetically engineered cat-like eyes to reduce the need for lighting, a wild interview about changes humans could make to themselves to battle climate change. The threat of … Continue reading

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55 Free Philosophy Courses

Open Culture The Philosophy section of our big Free Courses collection just went through a major update, and it now lists more than 50 courses — 55 to be precise. Enough to give you a soup-to-nuts introduction to a timeless discipline. … Continue reading

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Consultation on brain technologies from medicine to warfare

James Gallagher BBC News From technologies which allow the brain to directly control computers to using electricity to enhance brain function, the way technology can “intervene” in the brain is being reviewed. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has launched a … Continue reading

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Animal sex question stuns school ethics inquiry

AAP Australian A LIBERAL MP has stunned a NSW inquiry into school ethics classes by asking a witness if she approved of a philosopher who “justified sexual relations between humans and animals”. Other MPs immediately accused conservative NSW Liberal MP … Continue reading

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