Whitney M. Woodworth: I feel lucky to have worked for an ethical business in such a loosely regulated industry

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In the 1960s, I knew people who, before going on vacation, would take their dogs to a shelter to be euthanized. They reasoned that it was cheaper to have a dog euthanized – and buy a new one upon returning – than pay a kennel fee

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On a slippery slope? Barron Lerner & Arthur Caplan: The slippery slope is an argument frequently invoked in the world of bioethics. It connotes the notion that a particular course of action will lead inevitably to undesirable and unintended consequences. Saying no to the original action, even if that act is moral in itself, may, in light of the slope that looms, be the ethical thing to do.

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The case is likely to revive an already vigorous debate in Britain about assisted suicide and euthanasia

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“I have been comforted, since I wrote in February about having metastatic cancer, by the hundreds of letters I have received, the expressions of love and appreciation, and the sense that (despite everything) I may have lived a good and useful life. I remain very glad and grateful for all this — yet none of it hits me as did that night sky full of stars.”

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The Tunnel Problem

July 22, 2015

Driverless or autonomous cars will almost certainly be commonplace quite soon. Imagine you are sitting in such a car, approaching a tunnel on a single-lane mountain road. A child wanders into the middle of the road, blocking the entrance to the tunnel. How should such cars be programmed to react? Keep going and kill the child; or to swerve aside into the tunnel wall and kill the driver

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Surgery involving robots is far from perfect, according to a new study of death rates during medical procedures involving robotic equipment and techniques

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Russia has strict rules on dispensing painkillers. Family members say some cancer patients killed themselves because they could not obtain the medicine and the pain was too great

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