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By Michael Cook
While synthetic biology promises benefits such as glow-in-the dark trees that replace city lights, there are many more sinister applications that have many people worried.
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A one-way trip to Mars, funded from the rights to a reality TV show, raises many bioethical issues.
Reality TV has added a fresh perspective to the bioethical debate about the use of love drugs.
The Ebola outbreak has revealed a number of ethical issues that need to be sorted urgently.
How secure is an implantable chip that enables birth control to be switched on and off with a mobile phone?
If software becomes intelligent, what are the ethics of creating, modifying and deleting it from our hard drives?
The search for the missing Malaysian aircraft raises an ethical dilemma over the bias we place on “identifiable” lives over “statistical” lives.
IVF “mix-ups” could be avoided by barcoding embryos, but at what point is a new life reduced to a manufactured product?
Recent cases show that doctors still do not agree about when death actually happens.
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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