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The American Journal of Bioethics is proud to announce the “birth” of its second spin-off journal, AJOB Primary Research.

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This newest AJOB journal has launched with two issues arriving online at once! Volume 1, Issue 1 contains 6 original empirical research articles from researchers around the globe as well as an editorial by Dr. Alexander Kon and a blog review by Dr. Summer Johnson.

Volume 1, Issue 2 begins with an editorial by Paul S. Appelbaum entitled “Understanding Understanding” and is followed by 5 original research articles on topics ranging from pharmacist conscientious objection, religion and genetics and genomics, understanding informed consent, and the impact of written policies on euthanasia in the Netherlands.…

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The July issue of The American Journal of Bioethics arrives early with three fascinating articles–two about sex (one the biological kind, the other the active kind) and the other about transhumanism.

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First, in an editorial by yours truly, Disaster in the Gulf: Public Health and Public Responsibility, I ask about the public and moral responsibility for the protection of public health in the Gulf. While this may seem like an obvious moral issue now, when this article was penned more than a month ago and the magnitude of this oil spill was not nearly so great, the responsibility for and implications of this disaster were much less clear.…

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Before I even describe the services purportedly offered by BeautifulPeople.com, let me quote Art Caplan who has summed it up better (characteristically so) than anyone else could: “It’s pure, utter nonsensical baloney, at best.” Oh, and he also said it’s bad for society and is clearly a form of eugenics.

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That said, it’s also hilarious and fascinating hucksterism at its finest. Despite their URL, BeautifulPeople.com will match those less attractive specimens of the human species as well with single women and those offering fertility services to couples and singles who are looking for ways to reproduce.

Apparently this site isn’t new, however.…

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NY State will presume consent for organ donation, that is, if Assemblyman Richard Brodsky gets his way. Acknowledging that the demand for transplantable organs vastly outstrips supply and the fact that presumed consent works in other European nations, Brodsky has proposed that the default would be that all New Yorkers would donate their organs upon their death unless they were to check a box “opting out” on their driver’s license registration form.

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This, in combination with legislation promoting better education about organ donation, is hoped to increase the number of donors in a state where just 13% of residents agree to donate.…

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The current issue of Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal contains the first installment in a two part series on the ethics of stem cell tourism, by long time stem cell watcher Cynthia Cohen and Peter Cohen. The Cohens pull together a large body of news...

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The current issue of Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal contains the first installment in a two part series on the ethics of stem cell tourism, by long time stem cell watcher Cynthia Cohen and Peter Cohen. The Cohens pull together a large body of news...

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I will confess that the commercial for the new ABC medical documentary drama, “Boston Med”, had me thinking, “Gosh, I kinda want to see that.” Then I really hated myself, for about 30 seconds.

Then I moved on with the rest of my life. Until I read The Boston Globe article featuring the 8 part television event, I hadn’t really considered it to be much more than another hyping of the medical profession, another example of American’s obsession with good looking doctors and nurses in scrubs in the vein of Gray’s Anatomy and the like.

But in fact, this show is likely to be different–not just because it films real patients at three Boston hospitals.…

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06/07/2010 Kagan on Bioethics

Hat tip to Business Week for shedding some light on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kegan’s views on bioethics.

Here’s the rundown:

She’s pro-physician assisted suicide and opposed proposals to ban it in 1997 and has said the DEA lacks the power to penalize physicians who give life-ending drug to patients.

She’s “skeptical” about the use of medical marijuana–but only because there isn’t enough data to support it.

She opposed banning the creation of human embryos for research.

All things considered, Kagan is about as liberal as they come when it comes to bioethics. I wonder what she thinks about Craig Venter?…

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