Category Archives: ethics

Utopia, dystopia: Separating truth from fiction in bioethics discussions

Let’s face it: Imagining the means of humanity’s ultimate destruction makes for great entertainment. There are no shortages of novels, movies and television shows featuring threats of global annihilation – zombie viruses, meteors hurtling through space, nuclear warfare – or…


Human germline engineering: The mom’s not in the picture

U.S. and British government agencies are moving toward enabling what would be the first clinical trials of what is, in effect, human germline engineering – genetic modifications that would be passed down through the generations. The modifications would not be…


Grappling with the Ethics

With science boldly taking us where we’ve never gone before, we’re exploring new worlds and stretching the boundaries of our universe. While these are exciting times for the adventurer in us, they can be discomfiting for our inner ethicist. From…