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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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The Bio-Brick Revolution

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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Mars Mission Bioethics 101

By Michael Cook

A one-way trip to Mars, funded from the rights to a reality TV show, raises many bioethical issues.

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Married at First Sight

By Michael Cook

Reality TV has added a fresh perspective to the bioethical debate about the use of love drugs.

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Ethics in a Time of Ebola

By Michael Cook

The Ebola outbreak has revealed a number of ethical issues that need to be sorted urgently.

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Contraception by WiFi

By Michael Cook

How secure is an implantable chip that enables birth control to be switched on and off with a mobile phone?

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