Category Archives: 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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Unethical Lizard

Is this lizard unethical? From National Geographic, see the Self-Cloning Lizard. According to National Geo, …the newfound Leiolepis ngovantrii is no run-of-the-mill reptile—the all-female species reproduces via cloning, without the need for male lizards. Since so many people apparently think … Continue reading

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Synthetic Biology: Ready, Set, Go!

By Andrew Pollack, for the NYT: U.S. Bioethics Commission Gives Green Light to Synthetic Biology The president’s bioethics commission says there is no need to temporarily halt research or to impose new regulations on the controversial new field known as … Continue reading

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Ethics, Policy, and Synthetic Biology

By Jef Akst, writing for The Scientist: Q&A: Ethics chair on synthetic biology The Scientist spoke with chair Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, about the commission’s conclusions that, despite the potential risks of creating synthetic organisms, the … Continue reading

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Cloned Foods, Europe, and Scientific Literacy

By Henry Miller, for the WSJ: The Cloned Cow Has Left the Barn Benighted European politicians seem determined to discourage certain innovations in food technology even when the rest of the world stands as living—and eating—proof of their safety. The … Continue reading

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