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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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Canada to Gene Testers: Come On In!

From the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ): Federal government says regulation of consumer genetic tests is unnecessary: Industry forecasts indicate that Canadians will soon face a marketing avalanche to persuade them to purchase personal genetic test kits. But while American … Continue reading

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Genes, Height, and Complexity

A new study published in Nature suggests that, while height definitely has a strong genetic component, the contribution of genes to height is far from simple. See the report here, via Scientific American: Complex Genetic Trait Research Reaches New Heights … Continue reading

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Allowing / Permitting / Forbidding GMO Labels

OK, so the FDA seems unlikely to require the probably-soon-to-be-approved GM salmon to be labelled. See this story by Lyndsey Layton, for the Washington Post: FDA rules won’t require labeling of genetically modified salmon …As the Food and Drug Administration … Continue reading

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Imitating Evolution

Someone (I can’t recall the source) once said that rather than envy the creative power of nature, we ought to emulate it. Genetic algorithms have, for a couple of decades now, allowed scientists and engineers to harness the power of … Continue reading

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Meat and Milk from the Offspring of Clones

Over at my Food Ethics Blog, I’ve got a new (short) posting about cloning animals for food: Milk and Meat from the Offspring of Clones. (Not surprisingly, given that this is 2010, there’s turning out to be a fair bit … Continue reading

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Europeans & Cloned Food Animals

Check out this blog entry over at my new Food Ethics Blog: Cloned Animals, Food, Ethics. The short version: attempts by European Parliamentarians to ban food from cloned animals was predictable, and based on what look to be pretty terrible … Continue reading

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