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  • BioEdge: Rescuing frozen embryos
    some Christian groups to rescue left over IVF embryos which would otherwise be used for research or more probably be discarded But even Christians it seems find it hard to grapple with the complex human dilemmas thrown up when technology substitutes for nature If you come across similar stories send them along They give life to dry scientific developments and academic debates Cheers Michael Cook Editor MORE ON THESE TOPICS

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/rescuing_frozen_embryos/8959/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Happy Easter
    Twitter so that you can post them with a single click We ve also added tags Click these and you will be able to access all the recent articles on a particular theme Happy Easter 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 Dutch psychiatric patients may get

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/happy_easter/8941/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Obama’s healthcare bill and abortion
    and persuasions There is almost nothing we can add Second it is such an inflammatory topic that it tends to squeeze out discussion of other bioethical issues However personally speaking I regard abortion as not just one more bioethical issue but the main one It is the single bioethics issue which affects nearly everyone personally either because they have had one facilitated one or known someone who has had one It shapes perceptions of human personhood and human dignity and influences our priorities for healthcare This was overwhelmingly evident in the acrimonious and prolonged debate over President Obama s healthcare bill Had he and his allies in Congress not insisted on including support for abortion perhaps Americans would have had the mental space for an extensive debate on other fundamental human rights issues linked to the bill like health care for illegal immigrants Until we solve abortion bioethics will continue to be a battleground rather than a building site 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 Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/obamas_healthcare_bill_and_abortion/8932/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Grammatical conumdrums
    That sounds quite disrespectful Norrie prefers the neologism zie Well actually it s not actually a neologism because this is one of a number of possible gender neutral pronouns which have been floated over the years None of them have been very successful If you have any suggestions please send them along Cheers Michael Cook Editor MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/grammatical_conumdrums/8921/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: results of survey
    About one third are in the United States about a third from Australian New Zealand Ireland the UK and Canada and the rest from all over the world About 60 have a Master s degree or PhD About 45 say that their bioethical orientation is Christian but 27 say that they are socially liberal or libertarian It s quite a good mix Here are a few comments from people who took the survey I like BioEdge because it gives me a ringside view of what is current in ethics India This is one emailed newsletter you will find invaluable if you want to keep up with developments in genetics and reproductive technology UK One of the best newsletters on ethics I ve seen relevant interesting and topical subjects covered from a variety of angles It s how I keep current on ethics issues Canada One area in which we do have to improve is the presentation of our newsletters The BioEdge website has improved a lot but the newsletter itself has lagged behind We are working on it Till next time Michael Cook Editor MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/results_of_survey/8907/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: survey again
    bioethics And of special interest to readers involved in organising conferences we have created a section on the website called upcoming events Send us the details of your conference and we shall advertise it for you Thanks to everyone who has filled in our survey of the site If you weren t aware of it here s your chance to give some feedback It takes only 3 minutes Just click here and you will be taken to a form which you can fill out on line If the link doesn t work copy and paste this URL http www surveymonkey com s MMV72D6 Next week I ll pass on the results to you Some readers asked about images in the newsletter We have deleted the images to make it shorter and easier to print However we are certainly keeping images on the website itself Take a look 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 Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study Should we get rid of race in genetics A Dutch report applies

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/survey_again/8888/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Fill in our reader survey
    out on line If the link doesn t work copy and paste this URL http www surveymonkey com s MMV72D6 We have moved our office to Sydney that s 900 kilometres north of Melbourne for those unfamiliar with Australian geography Feel free to drop in at Suite 212 75 Archer Street Chatswood Or send a postcard Cheers Michael Cook Editor MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/fill_in_our_reader_survey/8866/ (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Pointed Remarks
    Dickey Wicker Amendment Whether the Obama Administration has the energy to push this through Congress before the mid term elections in November is doubtful And afterwards it may lose its majority in one or both houses making it even more doubtful It may be time for scientist working on Federally funded human embryonic stem cells to stock up on boxes of tissues Cheers Michael Cook Editor to make a comment click here What happened to the old science of morality by 21 Aug 2010 Comments Hi there Just one month ago the Edge Foundation sponsored a fascinating seminar on the new science of morality The big names of neuro morality attended including Jonathan Haidt Sam Harris Roy Baumeister Paul Bloom and Marc Hauser Reporters from leading newspapers came as well and spread the word One of these luminaries Marc Hauser led a symposium on how thinking about morality as an evolved system of neurological rules could be used to make the world a better place make governments work better improve corporate governance law the internet and so on Unfortunately as we report below Marc Hauser is now caught up in his own moral conundrum His employer Harvard University has admitted that he was guilty of eight instances of academic misconduct The nature of these offences is not altogether clear but they seem to involve faking data for his work on animal cognition Speaking personally I have always had reservations about neuro morality Reducing ethics to genetics and neurology eliminates free will and radically changes the nature of what it means to be human Academic misconduct is not exactly a hanging offence However if Hauser s new science is true rational morality consists of following arbitrary social conventions It is a bit unsettling to learn that a prophet of an ethical revolution has been ignoring the fairly basic conventions of academic research It will be interesting to see how the new science of morality develops from here Cheers Michael Cook Editor to make a comment click here a fool proof test for Alzheimer s by 14 Aug 2010 Comments Hi there Earlier this week researchers announced in the Archives of Neurology that a spinal fluid test can provide an Alzheimer s prognosis which is 100 accurate The reputation of spinal taps is only marginally better than appendicectomies without anaesthetic but experts say that they are safe and not especially painful In fact when drugs are developed to slow or cure Alzheimer s they foresee that brain scans or spinal taps will be as routine as colonoscopies or mammograms I wonder how ageing baby boomers will react to this news when they ve had a chance to absorb it They are certainly interested I noticed that the New York Times report rocketed to the top of the most read articles on its site Will people with a positive diagnosis feel pressured to take an early flight into the Great Beyond before they become too burdensome for their families Fanciful I don t

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/P250 (2016-02-18)
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