Category Archives: Biomedical research ethics

Is there a human right to be superhuman?

While America was rushing to see sharp metal blades jut from Wolverine?s fists during the opening of the third “X-Men” movie last weekend, an academic conference was being held at Stanford University to discuss what might happen if people with … Continue reading

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The ideas interview: Nick Bostrom

John Sutherland meets a transhumanist who wrestles with the ethics of technologically enhanced human beings. more

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The New Nano-Threat

First it was “gray goo,” the threat of self-replicating machines populating the planet. Now an environmental think tank is raising the specter of “green goo,” where biology is used to create new materials and new artificial life forms. more

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S. Korea cloning expert on trial

The South Korean cloning scientist accused of faking his stem cell research has gone on trial in Seoul, charged with fraud and embezzlement. more

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Biologists want to drop the word ‘cloning’

“Using the term ‘SCNT’ instead of ‘cloning’ dramatically raised approval ratings”. more

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Scientists plan interspecies cloning

Cloning pioneer Ian Wilmut and three teams of U.K. scientists have asked their government for permission to restart cloning research, which they argue will eliminate the need for women volunteers to take fertility drugs in order to donate their eggs to … Continue reading

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A-conversation-with Woo-suk-hwang-and-shin-yong-moon-2-friends-242-eggs-and-a-breakthrough

For men who had just thrown a giant ethical bomb into the world of science, Dr. Woo Suk Hwang and Dr. Shin Yong Moon were dashing about Seattle last week in a remarkably relaxed mood. more

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Hybrid embryo work ‘under threat’

UK scientists planning to mix human and animal cells in order to research cures for degenerative diseases fear their work will be halted. more

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Public debate on hybrid embryos

The public will be asked whether scientists should be allowed to create hybrid human-animal embryos, regulators have announced. more

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Genetic education: Reflections on Berkeley’s student gene-testing program

An ethical storm hit the University of California, Berkeley, earlier this year after it invited more than 5,000 incoming students to receive a personal genetic analysis of three genes associated with how they metabolize lactose, alcohol and folic acid. more

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