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Quandary column

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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A Retrospective of the Stem Cell Debate

By Michael Cook

Ten years ago embryonic stem cells were set to transform medicine. Ethics took a back seat to science, but the cures never came.

Michael Cook is editor of the bioethics newsletter BioEdge.

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Déjà Vu All Over Again

By Michael Cook

In vitro eugenics could soon make Huxley’s Brave New World a reality.

Michael Cook is editor of the bioethics newsletter BioEdge.

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