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What If Computers Have Feelings, Too?

By Michael Cook

If software becomes intelligent, what are the ethics of creating, modifying and deleting it from our hard drives?

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The Bioethics of the Search for MH370

By Michael Cook

The search for the missing Malaysian aircraft raises an ethical dilemma over the bias we place on “identifiable” lives over “statistical” lives.

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Scan My Embryo’s Barcode

By Michael Cook

IVF “mix-ups” could be avoided by barcoding embryos, but at what point is a new life reduced to a manufactured product?

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Brain Death Doubters

By Michael Cook

Recent cases show that doctors still do not agree about when death actually happens.

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A Modern Vomitorium

By Michael Cook

A portable stomach pump has been developed so that morbidly obese people can continue to gorge themselves and still lose weight.

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Anti-Love Potions

By Michael Cook

What are the potential uses and consequences of a pill that could make people fall out of love?

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Third World Bioethics

By Michael Cook

Poverty overcomes informed consent in India, where nearly 2900 people died in India during clinical trials of drugs between 2005 and 2012.

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The Secret of Morality

By Michael Cook

Does thinking about science improve morality?

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The Dark Background to Immortal Cells

By Michael Cook

The origins of human cell lines used in some of the world’s greatest medical discoveries have been called into question.

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Genetic Privacy at Risk

By Michael Cook

US intelligence agencies may be analysing our communications on a massive scale, but genetic data is already proving just as vulnerable.

Michael Cook is editor of BioEdge, a bioethics newsletter.

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