Jodie Purcell

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To upgrade is human

In this prophetic 2003 talk -- just days before Dolly the sheep was stuffed -- biotech ethicist Gregory Stock looked forward to new, more meaningful …

Ethical riddles in HIV research

A woman in sub-Saharan Africa is part of a cutting-edge HIV clinical trial -- but she can't afford a bus ticket to her health clinic, let alone the …

It's time to question bio-engineering

Glowing dogs ... mice that grow human ears ... bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe describes an astonishing series of recent bio-engineering experiments, and …

Bioengineering

Who Owns Your Genetic Data After a Home DNA Test?

AncestryDNA’s pitch to consumers is simple enough. For $99, the company will analyze a sample of your saliva and then send back information about …

23 and You

Does that commercial DNA test you just bought violate somebody else’s privacy?<p><b>CHERYL WHITTLE TRIED HER BEST</b> to fall asleep, but her mind kept racing. …

The dream of designing humans has a long and peculiar history – Nathaniel Comfort

For centuries, human hereditary improvement was a problem in social, not biological, engineering: how to persuade or coerce people into marrying to …

Genetics

Can parents be trusted with gene editing technology? – Erik Parens

When the international project to sequence the human genome started in 1990, nearly everybody agreed: to use genetics to control the shape of future …

Genetics

Are male and female circumcision morally equivalent? – Brian D Earp

I try not to talk about my research at dinner parties. I’ll say ‘medical ethics’ if pressed, which will sometimes trigger an unwelcome follow-up: …

We now have a good text editor for your genetic code – John Parrington

Imagine if living things were as easy to modify as computer software. In such a world, farm animals or plants could be engineered to produce leaner …

Should we harvest organs from patients who are not dead yet? – Walter Glannon

A previously healthy middle-aged man has suffered a massive stroke from a ruptured artery in his brain and fallen into a persistent, then permanent, …

How can life-extending treatments be available for all?

Research into biological ageing suggests that humans might one day be able to prolong youth and postpone death. When that time comes, extended youth …

Public Health

Who is a sportswoman?

Elite female athletes are subjected to invasive gender tests, and hormone treatments if they fail. This is deeply unfair<i>By Silvia Camporesi</i>Read at …

Oscar Pistorius

What should geneticists do when they find out family secrets? – Amulya Mandava Joseph Millum

Sequencing the first human genome took more than a decade and cost billions of dollars. Nowadays, an individual’s genome can be sequenced in days for …

Changing faces

Face transplants expose deep-held prejudices about identity and wellbeing. Are these ideas ripe for a radical rethink?<i>By Sharrona Pearl</i>Read at Aeon

Cleveland Clinic

In cold blood

Therapeutic hypothermia could save lives, propel interstellar travel and expand consciousness. Why the cold feet?<i>By Philip Jaekl</i>Read at Aeon

Medicine

Learning Your Genetic Information Can Change the Way You See Yourself

We’re taught that our genes can explain just about everything about us — what we look like, our personalities, our interests, our fears and, of …

Opinion: Amazing gene-editing technology needs a pass on patent minefields

A breakthrough gene editing technology known as CRISPR is poised to deliver new medical therapies and agricultural and industrial …

Who owns your DNA?

Share selection to:<p>When you’re clipping your nails or having a haircut, do you think about who owns those samples of your genetic material? Perhaps …

Why People "Fly from Facts"

“There was a scientific study that showed vaccines cause autism.” “Actually, the researcher in that study lost his medical license, and overwhelming …

Why the hype around medical genetics is a public enemy – Nathaniel Comfort

Science has always issued medical promissory notes. In the 17th century, Francis Bacon promised that an understanding of the true mechanisms of …

University of California

Biotechnology and the lost art of neutrality – Hilary Rose Steven Rose

Everywhere we turn it seems that biomedical science and biotechnology are making Promethean claims to explain, manipulate and transform our lives. …

New genetic engineering is slipping past old regulations – Jennifer Kuzma

There is a longstanding tension between innovation and regulation in genetic engineering, as policymakers have struggled to balance the benefits of …

Dr. Sandra Soo-Jin Lee: Toward a More Precise Genetics

<i>[]</i>For decades, the idea that excavating the genetic origins of disease could transform treatment of the body has lived in the sea of public …

Genetics

The Pennsylvania Gazette » The Lightning Rod

<b>Robert Lanza C’78 M’83 has racked up a slew of scientific accolades—and generated an equal amount of controversy—for his pioneering work on cloning</b> …

The Sense of an Endling

<i>Elena Passarello / Animals Strike Curious Poses / Sarabande Books / March 2017 / 12 minutes (3,100 words)</i><p><i>Illustrations from “The Last Menagerie” by</i> …

Los Angeles

genetics : Search Results

Bound by professional obligation, the announcer is feigning impartiality but a wobble in his lilt, a slip of exasperation, gives him away.<p><i>“He’s</i> …

How CRISPR lets us edit our DNA

Geneticist Jennifer Doudna co-invented a groundbreaking new technology for editing genes, called CRISPR-Cas9. The tool allows scientists to make …

The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?

Throughout humankind's history, we've driven species after species extinct: the passenger pigeon, the Eastern cougar, the dodo ... But now, says …

Dead or alive: Medicine wants your parts – Alice Dreger

When I met the retired ballerina Toni Bentley at a reception in 2008, and she found out that I am a historian and philosopher of anatomy, she told me …

Native Americans