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Entry 495: Heads or Tales?

In July of 2013, I introduced my readers to one Dr. Sergio Canavero, an Italian surgeon who claimed that it was theoretically possible to transplant a human head. 685 more words

Medical Ethicist Calls Alleged Planned Parenthood Practice "Clearly Unethical"

Arthur Caplan, director of medical ethics at New York University Langone Medical Center, said that a practice that a Planned Parenthood official describes in the stealth video released this week is “clearly unethical,” the… 438 more words


Genetically Engineering Almost Anything

April 13, 2015

When it comes to genetic engineering, we’re amateurs. Sure, we’ve known about DNA’s structure for more than 60 years, we first sequenced every A, T, C, and G in our bodies more than a decade ago, and we’re becoming increasingly adept at modifying the genes of a growing number of organisms. 2,726 more words


Canadian clinic first to offer controversial new form of IVF

A Canadian fertility clinic has become the first in North America to offer women a way to add new life to old eggs, extending her child-bearing years and stirring fresh controversy in the largely unregulated world of assisted baby making. 1,480 more words


Defining "emergency" (Part 1)

I’m in the middle of editing, and writing a contribution for, Reason Papers’s forthcoming symposium on the epistemology, ethics, and politics of emergencies. (Though I’ll be contributing an essay to it, credit for the idea of the symposium goes to Carrie-Ann.) The topic turns out to be an amazingly interesting and fertile one, with ramifications in a number of directions, including the epistemology and semantics of definition; the application, scope, and stringency of moral principles; the scope and content of rights; the proper role of government; the rule of law; and so on. 4,524 more words

Bidding on Medical Services Raises Quality, Ethical Concerns

According to a report on Medscape.com (registration required), for Francisco Velazco, an unemployed Seattle handyman, an online auction yielded an affordable solution to getting his torn ligament repaired. 242 more words


Videos Are Fallin Like Leaves.

Fox News: Ebola Will Spread Because Africans See Witch Doctors!

Published on Oct 3, 2014

Fox News host Andrea Tantaros says we can’t trust Africans to get treatment fro Ebola because they go to “witch doctors”… 991 more words