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“Living robots”: Ethical questions about Xenobots
Bioethics
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by Simon Coghlan, Ph.D. and Kobi Leins, Ph.D. Xenobots have been called “novel living machines” and “living robots”. A co-author of the paper that recently introduced xenobots, said:

They’re neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. [They’re] a new class of artefact: a living, “programmable organism”.
These “reconfigurable organisms” have already provoked philosophical and ethical questions.…

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USMLE Step 1 Goes Pass/Fail: What Happens Now for U.S. Medical Students?
Bioethics
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by Julia Knopes, Ph.D. Recently, the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) announced that the USMLE Step 1 exam for medical students will change its score reporting from a numeric score to pass/fail as of 2022. This news signals a substantial shift for medical education in North America and in particular the United States, as numeric Step 1 scores have been traditionally used to screen the most competitive applicants for physician residency programs.…

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Journals.


  • BioethicsTV (October 27-November 1, 2019): #NewAmsterdam; #ChicagoMed

    by Craig Klugman, Ph.D. New Amsterdam (Season 2: Episode 6): Lying; Inherent bias; Chicago Med (Season 5; Episode 6): Excusing battery; Jehovah’s Witness and blood transfusion; Be yourself or maintain health New Amsterdam (Season 2: Episode 6): Lying;...
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    Principles of Biomedical Ethics: Marking Its Fortieth Anniversary

    You can read this editorial and other articles in this month's issue of The American Journal of Bioethics. by Tom Beauchamp, Ph.D. & James Childress, Ph.D. We are pleased to join the editors of AJOB in marking the 40th anniversary...
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    BioethicsTV (October 21-26, 2019): #NewAmsterdam #ChicagoMed

    New Amsterdam (Season 2; Episode 5): Inconstant insurance policies; Negotiating with patients; Chicago Med (Season 5; Episode 5): Battery; Broken Promises by Craig Klugman, Ph.D. New Amsterdam (Season 2; Episode 5): Inconstant insurance policies; Negotiating with patients Two sisters, Jasmine...
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    Bioethics TV (October 7-10, 2019)

    by Craig Klugman, Ph.D. The Good Doctor (Season 3; Episode 3): Informing a resistant parent; The Resident (Season 3; Episode 3): The Creepy Dr. Cain; New Amsterdam (Season 2; Episode 3): We don’t pay for the right...
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    Bioethics news. Btn Rss

    Hidden Beneath the Hospital Gown
    In contrast to the authority and protection the doctor’s white coat confers, hospital gowns make patients exposed, vulnerable and stripped of their identity.
    Globalized Science in a Deglobalizing World
    The arrest of Harvard chemist and nanobiologist Charles Lieber on charges of lying about his research funding from China encapsulates two phenomena currently in tension: the global nature of modern science and attempts to nationalize the fruits of science.
    Edit Embryo Genome? Ethics Experts Weigh In
    You voted, now see the results and expert discussion.
    She Didn’t Want a Pelvic Exam. She Received One Anyway.
    Medical schools and students are grappling with an unsettling practice: Performing pelvic exams on unconscious, non-consenting patients.
    The coronavirus outbreak exposes the U.S.’s pharma supply chain vulnerability
    In October 2019, Dr. Janet Woodcock, the director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, testified before Congress that the United States “has become a world leader in drug discovery and development, but is no longer in the forefront...
    When Your Ancestry Test Entangles Others
    Today’s DNA kits can reveal secrets that affect not just your own family but strangers as well. Should one person’s right to know take precedence over another’s life narrative?
    Packing ethics into medical students’ global health trips
    Medical trainees want to help in less-resourced countries. But short-term programs can misread local needs, overburden hosts, and send students into situations they’re not prepared to handle. Here’s how leaders are ensuring ethical, effective experiences.
    A lottery like no other offers up a cutting-edge medicine — with lives on the line
    The lottery that began this week was not about money, or about choosing a school, or about obtaining a visa. It was about a child’s life. In this case, the children selected would receive a drug that otherwise was...
    Deciding When Enough is Enough in Providing Intensive Care for a Child
    Tinslee Lewis, a critically ill 1-year-old girl born with a rare heart defect and severe lung disease, has spent her entire life in the ICU and undergone multiple surgeries in attempts to save her life. Tinslee’s care team has...
    Super-precise CRISPR tool enhanced by enzyme engineering
    A super-precise version of the CRISPR genome-editing tool just got even better. Researchers have boosted the accuracy of a technique based on the popular but error-prone CRISPR–Cas9 system by engineering enzymes that can precisely target DNA without introducing as...
    Love as a drug: can romance be medically prescribed?
    Love drugs could soon be a reality and used alongside therapy to help heal broken relationships, claims a new book.
    Critics Say China Has Suppressed And Censored Information In Coronavirus Outbreak
    China’s state censors have clamped down this week on digital items related to the outbreak of a new coronavirus, removing local news reports that expose the dire circumstances in the city of Wuhan, epicenter of the outbreak, and scrubbing...

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    Charleston, SC, United States

    The role commits to improving healthcare quality by facilitating...