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Scientists turn CRISPR into a genetic chainsaw to solve the antibiotics crisis – Fanatical Futurist by International Keynote Speaker Matthew Griffin

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>Antibiotic resistance is growing to epidemic proportions but now scientists have shown that they can kill infectious …

Genetics

The Bioethics of Developing Cosmetic Treatments

A report on recent pilot studies describes the development of a "second skin" composed of commonly used chemicals that can be "worn" over a person's existing skin. While this innovative product has the potential to treat (but not cure) a variety of problematic skin conditions, the headline on the</i> …

Bioethics

The end of sexual reproduction could be 20 years away, claims bioethicist

In 1997, the film <i>Gattaca</i> warned of a future in which emerging reproductive technologies led to eugenics and genetic discrimination. For Stanford law …

The Difficult Ethics of Organ Donations From Living Donors

A woman wanted to donate the kidney of her dying husband. And that raised all sorts of hard questions.<p>Robert Osterrieder, a 52-year-old project manager, returned home to Pittsburgh from a business trip complaining about problems with his vision. Two days later, he was in the hospital on a …

Medicine

A Bioethicist Argues for Engineering Babies That Will Have an Easy Life

Bioethicist Julian Savulescu reckons there's nothing wrong with genetically engineering a child that'll have it easy. In fact, he thinks we're morally obligated.<p>The stream of often surprising, sometimes troubling, always fascinating advances that have followed advances in genetic screening and the …

Johns Hopkins bioethicist on the morality of having children in the age of global warming

"How old are you going to be in 2036?" asks Travis Rieder during a speaking engagement at James Madison University. "Are you thinking about having …

Making Human Hamburgers: Bioethics and the Yuck Factor

In my decade of teaching bioethics at Columbia University, I have always advocated for the application of five traditional guidelines to evaluate the …