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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 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.
What are the potential uses and consequences of a pill that could make people fall out of love?
Poverty overcomes informed consent in India, where nearly 2900 people died in India during clinical trials of drugs between 2005 and 2012.
Does thinking about science improve morality?
The origins of human cell lines used in some of the world’s greatest medical discoveries have been called into question.
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.