Ethics in Chemistry

May 18, 2018

Nina Notman asks whether chemists should be giving more consideration to the ethics of their research. With comments from our Alan Regenberg

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Jeffrey Kahn, director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, joined host Kerri Miller to discuss innovations in gene editing and the consequences that must be considered

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In an essay in Nature, 27 neuroscientists, physicians, ethicists, and artificial intelligence experts argue that these and other powerful “neurotechnologies,” originally conceived to help people who are paralyzed or have other neurological disorders, could “exacerbate social inequalities and offer corporations, hackers, governments or anyone else new ways to exploit and manipulate people.”

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Stem cell medicine has huge potential but unscrupulous clinics offering unrealistic hopes are endangering its future

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Tomorrow, the UK Court of Appeal will review the controversial case of a British infant, Charlie Gard. Charlie’s parents are appealing a recent High Court decision that gave doctors permission to withdraw his life support. They have raised money for Charlie to travel to the US for an experimental medical treatment

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Expert group recommends long-term tracking, other restrictions for germline tinkering. Jeffrey Kahn, a bioethicist at Johns Hopkins University, says the door to heritable gene therapy remains closed until stringent requirements can be met. “It’s frankly more of a knock on the door,” he said at the public presentation of the report

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On the 7th, 8th, and 9th of June 2016 a group of philosophers and bioethicists gathered at the Brocher Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland, to participate in a workshop on healthcare practitioners’ conscience and conscientious objection in healthcare

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Gene Editing

January 19, 2016

Scientists have developed the technology to edit single genes, which could eventually eliminate some inherited diseases. Host Reed Pence discusses the pros and cons of gene editing with our Debra Mathews and Alta Charo

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