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Will IVF Keep Us Young?

By Michael Cook

Talk of IVF as a solution for declining birth rates is a sign that governments are clutching at straws.

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This Little Piggy Went to Market

By Michael Cook

Gene editing promises to enable the safe use of pig organs to transplant into humans. Who could object to that?

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Life in the Fridge

By Michael Cook

Cryonics technologies have captured the imagination of some of the brightest minds in Silicon Valley, but what about the rest of us?

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Pinker Takes on Bioethics

By Michael Cook

Steven Pinker has attacked bioethics as “moralistic grandstanding” that restricts research. Is he right?

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I Recognise Your Face

By Michael Cook

Legislation for opt-in face recognition is essential despite the protests of companies like Google and Facebook.

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Germline Tinkering Sparks More Controversy

By Michael Cook

The ability to “edit” the genome has already seen Chinese scientists accidentally introduce mutations into human embryos.

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Born to Be Bad

By Michael Cook

The idea that bad guys are made by bad genes may have a new springtime.

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A Fresh Look at the Pill

By Michael Cook

If anabolic steroids are considered dangerous, why has so little research been done on the long-term safety of another steroid – the contraceptive pill?

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The Science of Persuasion

By Michael Cook

How did scientists win the public relations war to persuade British Parliament to approve the creation of three-parent babies?

How did scientists win the public relations war to persuade British Parliament to approve the creation of three-parent babies?

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When Do We Become Autonomous?

By Michael Cook

It’s more important for a child to live to become an autonomous adult than to die to defend her mother’s prejudices against medicine.

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