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The third biennial Kaiser Permanente National Bioethics Symposium will be October 3-5, 2019 in Portland, Oregon.

There is a wide range of great speakers, including Bob McCauley, Denise Dudzinski, and Paula Goodman-Crews. There is a keynote by Sharon Kaufman, "Ordinary Medicine – Ethical Rationality in an Aging Society." There is a second keynote by Tod Chambers, "Ritual in Medical Ethics."



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The National Clinicians Conference on Medical Aid in Dying has announced a call for proposals from potential speakers. Please see the tentative curriculum for guidance. This is intended as a guide only. The organizers encourage you to propose addition...

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There is a strange but charming tradition in the world of classical music of citing musical pedigrees. It’s not unlike the familiar parlor game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, but carried out with far greater seriousness. For instance, the renowned American pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher, still performing in his 90s, was a student of… Read more

The post Daniel Callahan – A Remembrance appeared first on The Hastings Center.

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The June 2019 issue of Medical Ethics Advisor includes interviews with me and others on how to navigate conflicts between ethical and legal obligations. 

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The June 2019 issue of Medical Ethics Advisor includes interviews with me and others on how to navigate conflicts between ethical and legal obligations. 

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The New England Journal of Medicine carries a brief article about “Controlling CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing” (subscription required).  The upshot: RNA used as a medicine, as in the case of “CRISPR” to edit genes, can hang around well after administration, and alter genes other than the ones intended to be altered.  These “off-target” effects could lead …

Continue reading "“Safe” gene editing"

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by Tom Murray, Ph.D.

I will say it: Dan Callahan is the most important person in Bioethics. For his ideas; for his role in creating and nurturing The Hastings Center; and for his ability to spot, encourage, and motivate talent.

Dan is credited as author or editor of 47 books and many hundreds of articles, chapters and the like. His 1970 book, Abortion: Law, Choice & Morality, set a standard for his future writing and for the nascent field of Bioethics: Thorough research, careful attention to the relevant facts, fair-minded weighing of the moral arguments, and the courage to take a stand on a profoundly controversial matter.…

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Daniel Callahan, a national voice for responsible health and science, who pioneered the field of bioethics, died this week, just before his 89th birthday. The Hastings Center has a wonderful essay honoring Callahan's life and work.

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Daniel Callahan, a national voice for responsible health and science, who pioneered the field of bioethics, died this week, just before his 89th birthday. The Hastings Center has a wonderful essay honoring Callahan's life and work.

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Daniel Callahan, a national voice for responsible health and science, who pioneered the field of bioethics, died this week, just before his 89th birthday. The Hastings Center has a wonderful essay honoring Callahan's life and work.

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