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  • BioEdge: Interview: George J. Annas on Worst Case Bioethics
    SARS have commanded attention and at least some resources on public health we have been responding by adopting a military national security model complete with public health officials in military uniforms This has encouraged our government to predictably concentrate on 19th century interventions like mandatory vaccinations and quarantine when an epidemic threatens rather than scientific information and at least some public health officials still expect Americans to simply follow orders in a public health emergency rather than make informed decisions This is delusional BioEdge Not long ago President Obama indicated that he would support a DNA databank for catching criminals What do you think of this GJA I think he simply made a mistake The answer came in a bizarre context an interview on John Walsh s America s Most Wanted TV show I don t think he was prepared to answer the question and the president didn t deal at all either with the 4th amendment or the racial discrimination aspects of a criminal DNA bank made up of arrestees rather than convicted felons It s a terrible idea to keep the DNA of an innocent person in a criminal DNA databank making that person a criminal suspect for life and ultimately making the US what my colleague Leonard Glantz and I have called a nation of suspects The European Court of Human Rights has recently ruled that the UK must abandon this practice as a violation of privacy rights in a case I analyze in the book BioEdge The Bush administration was fond of worst case scenarios How is the Obama administration going GJA Worst case scenarios are very seductive and the Obama administration has continued to use them to justify keeping Guantanamo open long after the date by which he had promised to close it and to justify the continuing and continuous force feeding of hunger strikers imprisoned at Guantanamo the worst of the worst by physicians in direct violation of international medical ethics standards for the care of prisoners This is the first time in the history of the US that it is official Department of Defense policy that military physicians cannot serve their country and follow basic medical ethics principles at the same time This is disgraceful and should be seen by all physicians as intolerable On the positive side President Obama has strongly directed that no torture be used in his administration even on suspected terrorists thereby rejecting the worst case ticking time bomb scenario Another hopeful cultural sign is that Jack Bauer and his torture featuring TV show 24 has been cancelled BioEdge What is your own worst case scenario and why do you think that this is plausible while others are not GJA A fair question that I devote the final chapter of the book Genetic Genocide to trying to answer The short answer is that I think there is a subset of human experiments which can be classified as species endangering experiments including experiments to produce inheritable genetic improvements in humans

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/interview_george_j._annas_on_worst_case_bioethics/9001 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Blow to Germany’s animal lovers
    beliefs of zoophiles is that we don t do anything that the animal doesn t want We do not treat them cruelly An animal is quite capable of showing precisely what it wants and does not want When I look at my dog I know immediately what it wants Animals are much easier to understand than women he told the Guardian Mr Kiok who lives in a relationship with an 8 year old Alsatian no we are not making this up estimates that there are 100 000 zoophiles in Germany and complains that they are badly misunderstood We don t have anything to do with people who abuse animals he said We only want what s best for the animal The ban could tarnish Germany s reputation for sexual permissiveness In February the animal protection official for the state of Hesse claimed that there were animal brothels and that sex with animals was being treated as a lifestyle choice The abuse seems to be increasingly rapidly and the internet offers an additional distribution platform she said Why the outbreak of prudishness In 1969 bestiality was removed from the criminal code but the government will restore it because of pressure from animal rights activists The interesting feature of the ban is its rationale It is not being claimed that animals are harmed rather they are forced into actions alien to the species Does this signal a revival of natural law theory in bioethics Is animal rights a Trojan Horse for the idea that the purpose of sex cannot be redefined arbitrarily MORE ON THESE TOPICS animal rights bestiality human dignity natural law new frontiers This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/blow_to_germanys_animal_lovers/10333 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    a very big blip on the radar of BioEdge s Reproductive Revolution Weirdness Watch this week Peter Singer always good for shock value Michael Cook 21 June 2010 Comments tags bestiality infanticide Peter Singer Peter Singer still backs infanticide and euthanasia Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/bestiality (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Action needed on US doctors’ involvement in torture
    Human Rights believes it imperative that a revised version be released It will enable Congress and the medical community to address the participation of medical personnel in torture The Senate s report probably will shed more light on the CIA s shameful enlistment of doctors in the torture of detainees a profound violation of the doctors duty to do no harm By doing so it can awaken the medical community and Congress to the need to devise mechanisms to ensure respect for what turn out to be very fragile norms Rubenstein served on an independent task force that identified the roles played by psychologists and physicians in enhanced torture The involved medical personnel developed and promoted interrogation methods such as sensory deprivation isolation sleep deprivation and waterboarding MORE ON THESE TOPICS harm torture This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/action_needed_on_us_doctors_involvement_in_torture/10927 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Why wait until death for organ donation, asks Canadian bioethicist
    is not to be feared since it is nothing Glennon examines the case of a severely brain damaged patient He argues What matters is not that the donor is or is not dead or when death is declared but that the donor or a surrogate consents that the donor has an irreversible condition with no hope of meaningful recovery that procurement does not cause the donor to experience pain and suffering and that the donor s intention is realized in a successful transplant Paradoxically he argues that doctors or relatives could actually be harming a live but brain damaged patient if they do not allow organ donation Harm he says is thwarting a person s interests If a patient wanted to donate his organs he would harmed if they were not donated or if they were unsuitable for donation because doctors waited for them to die first We should reject the view that organ donors are beyond harm only after they have been declared dead and that they are harmed if organ procurement occurs before this time If this is true though why can t people donate organs when they are well perhaps as a way of committing suicide Highly unlikely Glennon responds Such people would be irrational and hence not capable of the fundamental criterion acting autonomously It is usually the experience of an irreversible hopeless condition that makes a person conclude that life is no longer worth living MORE ON THESE TOPICS dead donor rule harm organ donation This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/why_wait_until_death_for_organ_donation_asks_canadian_bioethicist/10445 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    donation More erosion of the dead donor rule in the latest issue of the Cambridge Journal of Healthcare Ethics Why wait for death to remove kidneys from brain damaged patients Michael Cook 02 June 2012 Comments tags dead donor rule transplant surgery In the latest issue of the American Journal of Bioethics Paul E Morrissey of Brown University in Rhode Island suggests that both kidneys could be removed from brain trauma patients on life support Is it morally wrong to take a life Not really say bioethicists Michael Cook 27 January 2012 Comments tags bioethics dead donor rule Is it morally wrong to kill people Not really argue two eminent American bioethicists in an early online article in the Journal of Medical Ethics Walter Sinnott Armstrong of Duke University and Franklin G Miller of the National Institutes of Health believe that killing by itself is not morally wrong although it is still morally wrong to cause total disability Alarm at proposal to scrap dead donor rule Michael Cook 06 November 2011 Comments tags dead donor rule organ donation Let s scrap the fiction that most patients are dead when their organs are removed and allow doctors to take them from

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/dead+donor+rule (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Is sport just about genetic luck?
    human diversity than individual effort Gladwell also examines the ethics of doping in sport in particular baseball and cycling He refers to the recently published autobiography The Secret Race in which cyclist Tyler Hamilton offers an apologia for his doping In that book Hamilton argues that doping is not the easy way to the top but rather allows athletes to put themselves through more suffering EPO and blood transfusions level the playfield making it more than just an exhibition of how the genetic dice have been rolled amongst athletes Gladwell finishes his article with the observation that Hamilton and Armstrong may simply be athletes who regard this kind of achievement as worthier than the gold medals of a man with the dumb luck to be born with a random genetic mutation MORE ON THESE TOPICS genetic testing sports This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/is_sport_just_about_genetic_luck/10670 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Will Armstrong’s confession change cycling?
    after all be more like him Savulescu argues that drugs are most dangerous when they are banned If athletes were free to use them they could get better medical advice about the risks Nor do they make the sport less interesting If every Olympic sprinter or cyclist were using steroids it would still be the same sport just slightly faster he writes in a draft paper Most of the discussion in the media highlighted Armstrong s lies and bullying I m a flawed character he told Oprah I viewed this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times However the real lesson from the disgrace of one of America s sporting heroes may be that records cannot be smashed without taking drugs Armstrong told Oprah that he did not regard himself as a cheater Cheaters are people who seek an unfair advantage All he wanted was a level playing field in a sport where everyone was taking drugs Besides without revolutionising the world of sport huge financial incentives all but force athletes to take drugs Dr Verner Moller of the Center for Sport at the University of Aarhus in Demark and author of The Ethics of Doping and Anti Doping told Voice of Russia that The winner of Tour de France can become a millionaire and it s clear that if you get a little bit of an advantage by doing something that is against the rules there s a huge temptation You can go from being nobody without much income to be a celebrity and a millionaire There ll always be people who want to take advantage The problem of cheating in sport has even reached the Vatican An official told the media that pro sports have become a commodity that is subordinate to the

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/will_armstrongs_confession_change_cycling/10360 (2016-02-18)
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