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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    the transhumanist movement is alive healthy and growing To freeze perchance to live Xavier Symons 12 April 2014 Comments tags cryogenics cryonics futurism life extension transhumanism An introduction to cryonics and attendant bioethical issues Transhumanism reaches Hollywood in new high budget film Xavier Symons 04 April 2014 Comments tags films Hollywood neuroscience transhumanism Transhumanism has reached hollywood in a new high budget film called Transcendence Bioethics anniversaries Doctor Who Michael Cook 23 November 2013 Comments tags Doctor Who enhancement transhumanism In a week in which the US mourns the 50th anniversary of the death of John F Kennedy Dr Who fans are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the cult TV series The timing is not particularly sensitive but tonight the BBC presents a special episode The Day of the Doctor The battle for the future Xavier Symons 02 November 2013 Comments tags artificial intelligence transhumanism While some maintain that artificial intelligence is just as much an oxymoron as Army Intelligence others regard it as a grave threat to the future of the human race Dan Brown s latest thriller tackles transhumanism Michael Cook 25 May 2013 Comments tags genetic engineering population control transhumanism Inferno Robert Langdon is back with a globe trotting thriller in which the symbologist has to decode clues left in a map of Dante s masterpiece by a recently deceased evil genius before one third of the world perishes Oops we are about to give away too much of the plot Suffice it to say that the master of transmuting highbrow trivia European travel guides and clunky prose into dollars has framed transhumanism as the most dangerous threat to the future of mankind Transhumanists gather in San Francisco Michael Cook 06 December 2012 Comments tags cryopreservation mind uploading transhumanism Humanity is on the move Transhumanism the politician

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/transhumanism (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Decline and fall is back
    that civilization is slowly making us dumber We as a species are surprisingly intellectually fragile and perhaps reached a peak 2000 6000 years ago he claims A hunter gatherer who did not correctly conceive a solution to providing food or shelter probably died along with his her progeny whereas a modern Wall Street executive that made a similar conceptual mistake would receive a substantial bonus and be a more attractive mate Clearly extreme selection is a thing of the past Crabtree bases his pessimistic analysis on a study of the accumulation of mutations in the genome which are no longer eliminated by competitive pressure for survival Life in society allowed a degenerating gene pool to thrive We no longer needed to be brainy because we lived in high density supportive societies that made up for lapses of judgment or failures of comprehension Not even Crabtree himself wants to give up flush toilets and video games for the genetically vigorous life of a spear brandishing mammoth killer But our cushy lives he thinks are inexorably turning us into Eloi The process will take thousands of years but a day will come when the world s population will be docilely watching reruns on televisions they can no longer build Crabtree s analysis has been ridiculed by science journalists But its appearance in a leading journal suggests that something is afoot What will the new eugenics look like In the last century the fashion was to eliminate degenerates through sterilization or murder In the 21st century eugenicists may call for physical and intellectual genetic enhancement Those who cannot afford it will drop behind doomed to become mere drones For a peek into the year 2144 take a look at the genetically engineered fabricants in the new film Cloud Atlas see below It s

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/decline_and_fall_is_back/10320 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    his research team will be able to transplant a human brain into an artificial body by 2020 And by 2045 he is sure that he will be able to create hologram avatars with the same capabilities as the humans in the James Cameron film 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/evolution (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Another Hollywood bioethics lesson
    ticket Well Cloud Atlas certainly has something to do with bioethics but its scope is so ambitious that it is diminished considerably if we said it is about bioethics Of the six stories narrated by the film the most directly relevant to bioethics is the fifth In it a genetically engineered clone Sonmi 451 played by Korean actress Doona Bae leads a revolt of her servant class against the pure bloods and the corporations Normally we assume that genetic engineering will be used to enhance human potential What if it were used to make us sub human We invite your comments MORE ON THESE TOPICS enhancement films genetic engineering 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 contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/another_hollywood_bioethics_lesson/10314 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Is it immoral not to design your baby?
    best or a good enough opportunity for a great life is responsible parenting So where genetic selection aims to bring out a trait that clearly benefits an individual and society we should allow parents the choice To do otherwise is to consign those who come after us to the ball and chain of our squeamishness and irrationality Indeed when it comes to screening out personality flaws such as potential alcoholism psychopathy and disposition to violence you could argue that people have a moral obligation to select ethically better children They are after all less likely to harm themselves and others If we have the power to intervene in the nature of our offspring rather than consigning them to the natural lottery then we should London Telegraph Aug 16 MORE ON THESE TOPICS genetic engineering Julian Savulescu 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 contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/is_it_immoral_not_to_design_your_baby/10198 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Once again, genetic engineering gets a hammering from Hollywood
    worthy successor in the series What it shows is the continuing suspicion of genetic engineering in Hollywood Has anyone seen it yet MORE ON THESE TOPICS genetic engineering Hollywood YouTube Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed MOST READ Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study Should we

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/once_again_genetic_engineering_gets_a_hammering/9665 (2016-02-18)
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  • South Korean scientists make glow-in-the-dark dog
    beagle named Tegon and born in 2009 glows fluorescent green under ultraviolet light if given a doxycycline antibiotic The researchers who finished a two year test said the ability to glow can be turned on or off by adding a drug to the dog s food The creation of Tegon opens new horizons since the gene injected to make the dog glow can be substituted with genes that trigger fatal human diseases the news agency quoted head researcher Lee Byeong chun as saying He said the dog was created using the somatic cell nuclear transfer technology that the university researchers used to make the world s first cloned dog Snuppy in 2005 The scientist said that since there are 268 illnesses that dogs and humans have in common making dogs that artificially show such symptoms could aid methods for treating human diseases Reuters Jul 27 MORE ON THESE TOPICS animal rights genetic engineering Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed MOST READ Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study Should we get rid of race in genetics A

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/south_korean_scientists_make_glow-in-the-dark_dog/9664 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: UK gears up for three-parent embryos
    woman and DNA from another woman if the HFEA approves it Researchers at Newcastle University claim that the technique will work We are not ready to do this in patients now but the science is progressing very rapidly and we need to get Parliament to discuss this again now said Alison Murdoch head of the department of reproductive medicine at the University As doctors we have a duty to treat disease and where possible to prevent disease With diseases for which there are no treatments the imperative to develop new treatments is even greater Of course no treatment is ever risk free and if there are risks we will need to quantify these so that doctors can discuss them with patients There are critics of the proposal Dr David King of Human Genetics Alert said that scientists would be tampering with genetic inheritance It is altering the genetic constituents of every cell in the child s body he said If it s a girl then those changes will be passed down to all her descendants Up to now there has been a consensus that we should not manipulate human DNA in this way Daily Mail Mar 12 Science Insider Mar

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/uk_gears_up_for_three-parent_embryos/9439 (2016-02-18)
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