Author Archives: Chris MacDonald

About Chris MacDonald

I'm a philosopher who teaches at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto, Canada. Most of my scholarly research is on business ethics and healthcare ethics.

Should Human Cloning Be Permitted?

Over a decade ago, I wrote a short piece called “Yes, Human Cloning Should Be Permitted,” published in the Annals of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The piece was a response to an earlier article, by … Continue reading

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Cloned Horses Can Now Compete

The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (Fédération Équestre Internationale, or FEI) has announced a reversal of its previous decision to ban cloned horses from competition. The FEI’s statment, quoted here, includes the following: “The FEI will not forbid participation of … Continue reading

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Pausing Bird Flu Studies

Breaking news, from Nature: the principle investigators of the recent avian flu transmission studies (along with a couple of dozen co-authors) have publicly vowed to “pause” their research for 60 days. What’a really interesting, though, are their reasons. They want … Continue reading

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Flu Research and the Pursuit of Deadly Knowledge

One of the most fundamental ethical questions facing the world of science and technology has to do with whether some knowledge is so dangerous that it simply ought not be sought. That, essentially, is the question posed by recent research … Continue reading

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GM Alfalfa: “Approved” or “Deregulated”?

The US Department of Agriculture has issued a decision allowing widespread planting of genetically modified alfalfa. See this article, by Andrew Pollack for the NYT: U.S. Approves Genetically Modified Alfalfa Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday that he would … Continue reading

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Biofuels Underwhelm

A new study has confirmed what common sense already made seem likely, according to this story by Dina Fine Maron for the NYT: Biofuels of No Benefit to Military — RAND A new analysis presented to Congress yesterday paints a … Continue reading

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Canada’s Proposed “Bill C-474”

A “private members bill” currently before Canada’s parliament will, if passed, require that “an analysis of potential harm to export markets be conducted before the sale of any new genetically engineered seed is permitted” in Canada. (FYI, a bill that … Continue reading

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