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March 21, 2016

The Unbearable Whiteness of Bioethics: Exhorting Bioethicists to Address Racism

by Kayhan Parsi, Ph.D.

To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.

March 3, 2016

Finding the Right Tools for Assessing Quality of Clinical Ethics Consultation

by David Magnus, Ph.D.

This issue of the American Journal of Bioethics contains two extremely important Target Articles in the history of clinical ethics consultation.…

February 3, 2016

Restricting Choices of Childbearing Women

by Bela Fishbeyn, M.S.

In this month’s issue of AJOB, Howard Minkoff and Mary Faith Marshall argue that we ought to acknowledge the inherent complexity and personal nature of risks involved in childbirth, and thus defer, when possible, to the decisions made by autonomous mothers-to-be.…

January 13, 2016

Professional Judgment and Justice: Equal Respect for the Professional Judgment of Critical-Care Physicians

by David Magnus, PhD and Norm Rizk, MD

This issue’s target article by Kirby (2016) raises an incredibly important and challenging set of issues: Whether, when, and how should limits be placed on patient access to intensive medical care?…

December 4, 2015

Exploring the Future of Gene Editing

by Christopher Thomas Scott

In April 2015 a team of Chinese scientists reported in a little known journal, Protein & Cell, the use of CRISPR/Cas9 to cleave and then repair the HBB gene in nonviable human embryos.…

April 30, 2015

AJOB Announces Two New Editors

The American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB) is delighted to announce two new additions to its esteemed Editorial Team.

John Lantos, Associate Editor

John Lantos, MD, is Director of the Children’s Mercy Hospital Bioethics Center in Kansas City. …

June 29, 2012

AJOB's Influence Increases Again as Reuters/ISI Impact Factors Released

The 2011 Reuters/ISI/Thomson Journal Citation Index has been released, and we are proud to announce that The American Journal of Bioethics continues its record of being the most cited journal in all categories in which it is ranked with an impact factor score of 4.083.  …

June 15, 2012

AJOB's July Issue Online Now with Free Content!

We are happy to share that AJOB’s July issue (a few weeks ahead of schedule) is now available online on bioethics.net and here.…

May 14, 2012

AJOB: An Independent Journal

It has been implied by Carl Elliott and William Heisel that it has ever been claimed that “financial links between the Center for Practical Bioethics, AJOB and Purdue Pharma” exist and that “what reporters may find is that the center is tied up” with AJOB.  …

April 13, 2012

Spoiling for a Fight? Check Out Bioethics.net.

Bioethics is increasingly behaving like a Fight Club. Countless scholars wage war in the comment sections on blogs and news stories.…

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July 27, 2012 6:15 pm

Caster Semenya And The IOC’s Olympics Gender Bender (The Daily Beast)

The visual comparisons are hardly conclusive—neither are her race times. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, according to critics of testosterone testing, who say that there’s been precious little research done on how the hormone actually affects female athletes. “These policies are based more on folklore than precise science,” says socio-medical scientist Rebecca Jordan-Young, the author of Brain Storm: the Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences and an author of a paper that criticized testosterone testing recently published by the American Journal of Bioethics.

June 19, 2012 11:45 am

SPH Ethicist: Organ Donor Proposal “Bizarre” (BU Today)

With nearly 100,000 Americans needing donor kidneys and a typical wait of three to five years, transplant surgeons and some bioethicists are proposing easing the rules—extending the live donor category to expand to include “emotionally related” donors… The most controversial proposal, by an associate professor of surgery at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School, suggests that doctors not wait until donors are actually brain dead to remove their kidneys. In an article published in theAmerican Journal of Bioethics, Paul Morrissey argues for rule changes that would allow doctors to anesthetize and harvest organs from severely brain-injured patients who are, according to the prevailing definition, still alive.

June 6, 2012 11:59 pm

Surgeon: Remove Kidneys for Transplant Before Donor's Death (ABC News)

The severe shortage of viable organs for transplantation in the U.S. has led a transplant surgeon to propose harvesting kidneys from people who are not dead yet. Dr. Paul Morrissey, an associate professor of surgery at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School, wrote in The American Journal of Bioethics that the protocol known as donation after cardiac death — meaning death as a result of irreversible damage to the cardiovascular system — has increased the number of organs available for transplant, but has a number of limitations, including the need to wait until the heart stops.

May 5, 2012 8:50 am

Patients' Complex Moral Issues - Doctors Need Mediators (Medical News Today)

According to a study in The American Journal of Bioethics, physicians and patients need assistance in order to deal with complex moral issues.

April 13, 2012 11:27 am

Parents can have a duty to use IVF, say bioethicists (BioEdge)

Another controversial utilitarian proposal has popped up in the April  issue of the American Journal of Bioethics. Two bioethicists contend that some parents are morally obligated to use pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to create a healthy baby.

March 9, 2012 2:55 pm

Jon Stewart 'our greatest public intellectual'? (Chicago Tribune)

Loyola University‘s Kayhan Parsi says the host of Comedy Central‘s“The Daily Show” has become “our greatest public intellectual,” echoing comments he wrote in a recent issue of The American Journal of Bioethics. Perhaps anticipating the reaction, Parsi then added in that piece, “This is no joke.” #bioethics #comedy #jonstewart