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  • BioEdge: The noble lie
    were also right to describe this as a step towards tinkering with the rest of our genome He goes on to argue that most scientists concealed their true opinions on the matter out of political expedience I suspect many biologists harbour similar views but not many say so openly Instead they back three parent babies but say it isn t really genetic engineering I wonder if Mr Le Page understands the seriousness of the allegation he makes here He is saying that the scientists involved in selling the idea of three parent babies lied to the public even though this was clearly of the most ethically challenging bioethical issues ever debated in Parliament The last time I checked lying was deeply immoral Perhaps there are exceptions though if scientists need to lie to people who are troublesome and stupid Then it s probably OK The problem with lying though is that one quickly acquires the habit of deceit and manipulation Then it becomes harder and harder to trust anything the liar says I do hope that Mr Le Page is wrong about this What do you think MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/the_noble_lie/11340/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Poverty and health
    s treatment regime see below This tough medicine sounds sensible if you believe that obesity can be solved just by pushing yourself away from the table However lots of research has shown that obesity is a complex problem Poverty is one of its causes or one of the factors associated with it Will making people poorer make them slimmer Is Mr Cameron s plan a daring new health policy or

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/poverty_and_health/11332/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Just one more sleep before the Super Bowl
    Um bioethics OK OK OK Sorry I came across a post on the blog of the American Journal of Bioethics about gridiron sorry football which asks whether bioethicists can ethically watch a game with such poor health outcomes for its players Many develop Parkinson s Alzheimer s uncontrollable aggression cognitive impairment and other disorders Not to mention another issue the US 10 million that the NFL has spent studying concussed mice to the disgust of animal rights activists It is important to question whether supporting the NFL detracts from our duties as bioethicists and the goals of our profession writes Keisha Ray Dr Ray seems to be dragging bioethics back to its roots in Catholic medical ethics as this is a typical question debated by theologians in the field of cooperation in evil The question she is really asking is whether bioethicists just have to be smart or whether they have to be saintly and smart Anyhow after watching the Australia South Korea match I have a suggestion What if the US banned gridiron and adopted soccer Soccer lacks the moral complications of gridiron has a lower level of injuries and is a world game I doubt whether European soccer

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/just_one_more_sleep_before_the_super_bowl/11312/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Stereotypes
    advertisements are just as intriguing for Westerners One feature of a desirable boy or girl is a fair complexion often described as a wheaten complexion The industry which has sprung up to feed the demand for lighter skin in India is worth an estimated US 500 million Advertisements in magazines and on television drum home the message that a lighter skin gets the boy girl job This is obviously perpetuating stereotypes about beauty class and caste as well as exploiting anxieties about body image Is it ethical That is the question posed by one group of academics in a story below An even more serious issue in the same vein is whether doctors should comply with requests for virginity tests Like female genital mutilation this is a practice which has spread to Western countries with migration A South African doctor argues below that national colleges of doctors should declare that this is completely beyond the pale We d love to get your comments on these stories MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter MOST READ Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/stereotypes/11302/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: What about #JeSuisBaga?
    and killed hundreds of people men and women old and young and left their bodies to fester in the streets It s not often that we are confronted with so stark a contrast According to MIT s Center for Civic Media even Nigerian newspapers paid more attention to events in Paris than in Baga The JeSuisCharlie hashtag became so popular that entrepreneurs tried register it as a trademark But no one is tweeting JeSuisBaga My point is an obvious one so obvious that it sounds like a tedious platitude We may be living in a global village but the other residents live like us look like us and think like us Outside the village live about 80 of the world population These two atrocities don t have a lot to do with the kind of bioethical issues that we normally cover in BioEdge But the contrast does suggest that we have a blind spot Developing World Bioethics an academic journal edited by Debora Diniz and Udo Schüklenk does a good job of examining some of the challenges in poor countries outside the neon lights of our hyper connected Global Village Touch wood we re making a New Year s resolution

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/what_about_jesuisbaga/11291/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Pointed Remarks
    society has tossed its most vulnerable citizens onto a scrap heap And as Dr Nitschke has kindly demonstrated the best way to defend this option is to twist the facts out of shape NB next week BioEdge will not be published to make a comment click here Our annual survey by Michael Cook 20 Sep 2014 Comments Sorry folks no folksy message this week Instead we have something far more fun our annual online survey which we have not actually run for the last two years Since then our subscriber list has grown and bioethics is on the front page more than ever So to improve our service and to increase our readership we need to know how you use BioEdge and how we can serve you better Please take 3 or 4 minutes to fill it out It is not at all painful Here s the URL https www surveymonkey com s RGHX73G Cheers Michael Cook Editor BioEdge to make a comment click here Are bioethicists more ethical than the rest of us by Michael Cook 13 Sep 2014 Comments Hi there Are bioethicists more ethical than the rest of us I m not aware of data about bioethicists as such However some research has been published about moral philosophers of which bioethics is a sub discipline One study found that ethics texts were more likely to be missing from academic libraries than non ethics books in philosophy A couple of other studies found that ethicists behaved no more courteously than non ethicists and that they were just as likely to avoid paying registration fees as non ethicists at conferences of the American Philosophical Association And last year the world was shattered by the scandalous news that moral philosophers were no more likely to respond to student emails than other kinds of philosophers It is a bit disappointing to learn that bioethicists probably land in the middle of the Bell curve in terms of everyday ethical behaviour But do they still have special ethical obligations An interesting article in the latest issue of the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics argues that they do Bioethicists are supposed to be whistleblowers D Robert MacDougall of New York City College of Technology argues that they have a heightened obligation to whistleblow Not because bioethicists are obliged by virtue of their professional training to be saints they aren t But because the condition of that employment is the widely held supposition that bioethicists do not ultimately defer to an employer s determination about acceptable risks but rather that they exercise independent judgment on these matters In other words society expects that bioethicists will make up their minds without fear or favour Does this actually happen Dr MacDougall references a 1996 article in the Journal of Clinical Ethics Where are the heroes of bioethics The author s opening sentence was Here is my problem I don t know of a single case of a bioethicist who has acted as a hero in that role Have things changed since then Are there any nominations for bioethical heroes people who have risked life limb or employment to fulfil their responsibilities Cheers to make a comment click here Lessons of two millennia by Michael Cook 6 Sep 2014 Comments Augustus My Latin is not what it once was and it was never much All I can remember is classic phrases like Caesar ad sum jam forti Brutus et erat Semper ubi sub ubi and Illegitimi non carborundum So lately I have been making amends for schoolboy sloth by reading a few of the classics I have just finished and highly recommend The Annals of Imperial Rome by Tacitus which chronicles the years of Tiberius Claudius Caligula and Nero Tacitus would have made a good op ed writer on the New York Times with his sardonic analysis of palace politics Whoa Excuse me just where is all this going Will we get bioethics or just bloviation Well sort of Let me press on It was a bit dismaying to read how determined the Emperors were to pass on their power and prerogatives to their children but how little they did to produce them Augustus had no sons and adopted Tiberius his step son by his third wife Tiberius was succeeded by an adopted grand nephew Caligula and the odious Caligula by his uncle Claudius Claudius only son died in his teens and so he was succeeded by the perverse and capricious Nero the adopted son of his fourth wife As the Romans would have said contortum est it s complicated Is it drawing too long a bow if I see a parallel in the couplings of our own era Below we report on services provided by EggBanxx a new company in Manhattan which freezes eggs for socially infertile single women Reading between the lines you can feel the pain of its over achieving clients who are mostly in their early or mid 30s and desperate to bring at least one child into the world before their biological clock stops ticking Behind them may be two or three relationships ahead is loneliness The statistics say that most of them will fail Like the emperors of Rome the yuppies of Manhattan have nearly all the autonomy they like Autonomy is the cement of most contemporary bioethical frameworks But just as it brought little joy to the emperors it fails us as well There must be something more to ethics 2014 marks 2 000 years since the death of Augustus You would think that two millennia of technological educational and social progress would have raised the level of our romantic relationships as well as our standard of living It seems not Sorry I wrote Domitian originally instead of Tiberius to make a comment click here Rejoice with us by Michael Cook 30 Aug 2014 Comments Hi there BioEdge passed a milestone this week our 10 000th subscriber We are delighted that so many people receive the newsletter and pass it on

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/P60 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: 20100501 newsletter
    on serious debates about the morality of euthanasia stem cell research informed consent and other cutting edge issues But lurid dramas about personal morality keep intruding For instance in this issue we report that the president elect of the World Medical Association has been arrested on corruption charges Dr Ketan Desai will have his day in court to prove his innocence but it is not the first time and the last time he was found guilty He may have managed to corrupt the whole process of medical accreditation in India along the way No doubt this will have other perverse effects Disgracefully at the same time as he was allegedly scooping up bribes from medical institutions Dr Desai was busy forbiddding Indian doctors to accept gifts from drug companies Indian medical students can be forgiven if they end up feeling cynical about the whole enterprise of medical ethics The lesson from this sorry episode seems to be that defining ethical standards is important but they are worthless without personal integrity Cheers Michael Cook Editor MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter MOST READ

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/20100501_newsletter/8978/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Finding a kidney on Facebook
    networking tools are clearly transforming the way we interact How will it affect bioethics We ve already featured news about psychiatrists who researched their patients on Facebook raising serious issues of privacy and confidentiality Expect to read even more convoluted stories in the years ahead Cheers Michael Cook Editor MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/finding_a_kidney_on_facebook/8969/ (2016-02-18)
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