Category Science and Technology

Brain Death: The Debate Continues

Richard Maundrell revisits the definition of death in light of new research suggesting the possibility of consciousness after a diagnosis of brain death.

Russia’s CRISPR “deaf babies”: the next genome editing frontier?

Jackie Leach Scully and Teresa Blankmeyer Burke worry about the ableist and audist assumptions hidden in this venture.

Is Prenatal Testing Discriminatory?

Chris Kaposy recommends that governments considering public funding for noninvasive prenatal testing take heed of the problem of discrimination against people with disabilities such as Down syndrome.

Trust in Medicine: the Humboldt Broncos Patients’ eRecords

Jeff Nisker argues that trust in the medical profession has been diminished by the physicians who violated privacy rules by viewing the electronic records of Humboldt Broncos patients and also by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan who defended their actions.

Get on the AI & Big Data Ethics Bandwagon!

Bryn Williams-Jones calls on bioethicists to contribute to research and public discussions on the ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data.

Genome-Edited Babies – A Cause for Concern

Shawn H.E. Harmon describes significant concerns with human genome editing that illustrate multiple failures of governance.

The “Value” of Consumer DNA Sequencing

Landon J. Getz questions the value of consumer DNA sequencing in light of serious issues of inconsistency, privacy, and human identity.