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The New Eugenics

By Michael Cook

In the last century eugenics involved sterilisation or murder. This century it is more likely to involve genetic enhancement.

Michael Cook is editor of BioEdge, an online bioethics newsletter.

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Stem Cell Researchers Win Nobel Prize

By Michael Cook

The development of induced pluripotent stem cells overturned conventional thinking and removed the ethical issues associated with the destruction of embryos.

Michael Cook is editor of the online bioethics newsletter BioEdge.

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Boosting Performance at the Paralympics

By Michael Cook

Up to one-third of Paralympians in London may have harmed themselves to boost blood flow.

Michael Cook is editor of the on-line bioethics newsletter BioEdge.

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The Canary in the Medical Coal Mine

By Michael Cook

A steroid is being used off-label early in pregnancy to “normalise” the gender of the foetus.

Michael Cook is editor of the bioethics newsletter BioEdge.

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Fertility on Ice

By Michael Cook

Cryopreservation and eventual transplantation of ovarian tissue may delay menopause, but what are the consequences?

Michael Cook is editor of the online bioethics newsletter BioEdge.

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Should Olympic athletes be allowed to use performance-enhancing drugs?

By Michael Cook

Some bioethicists are arguing that athletes should be allowed to take performance-enhancing drugs.

The London Olympics have arrived and with them come familiar controversies over drug cheats. IOC President Jacques Rogge said yesterday that tests had identified more than 100 cheats in the lead-up to the Games. Years of tough restrictions appear to be bearing fruit, with fewer scandals every time the Olympics are held. In Athens in 2004 26 athletes were caught; in Beijing in 2008, only 14 athletes and 6 horses.

Cracks in the Edifice of Science

By Michael Cook

A tenfold increase in the number of retractions over the past 10 years raises questions about the infallibility of peer review of scientific research.

Michael Cook is editor of the bioethics website BioEdge.

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Is It Better Never to Have Been Born?

By Michael Cook

Bioethicists are questioning legal judgements that dismiss “wrongful birth” cases by challenging the belief that it is better to be born than not born.

Michael Cook is editor of the online bioethics news service, BioEdge.

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Eugenics Tackles Climate Change

By Michael Cook

Can a proposal to genetically modify children that are smaller to reduce their carbon footprint be taken seriously?

Michael Cook is editor of the online bioethics news service BioEdge.

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Jagged Little Pill

By Michael Cook

If a morality pill can induce moral behaviour, what could governments do with an “immorality pill” to control its citizens, law enforcers and soldiers?

Michael Cook is editor of the bioethics newsletter BioEdge.

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